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Maven's Morning Coffee: Cost overruns at Port of LA, city's plastic bag ban, capturing the Griffith Park mountain lion

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The price of a container terminal upgrade at the Port of Los Angeles has doubled over the last four years due to changes that were not approved by city officials, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Mistakes were made at the highest levels ... [on] a project that had questionable price controls," said Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the San Pedro area.

The city of Los Angeles is preparing for its own plastic bag ban, reports the Daily News. Grocery stores and drug stores will be impacted starting on Jan. 1.

A Daily News editorial comes out against state lawmakers that use nonprofit entities for their own benefit. The piece was prompted by coverage of state Sen. Ron Calderon. "The best time for reforms to become law is in the intermediate aftermath of a scandal. This Calderon scandal, however it plays out legally, should provide legislators — the clean ones, anyway — with all the incentive they need to try to keep legislators and their kin from setting up 'nonprofits' from which they profit and their constituents get next to nothing," according to the piece.

KPCC's Audio Vision looks at how photographer Steve Winter captured images of the mountain lion in Griffith Park.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce the creation of a nuclear detection system at the Port of Los Angeles at 10 a.m.

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