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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP cuts off funding, special election too close to call, LA launches new parking website

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The Board of Water and Power Commissioners cut off funding to two nonprofits run by the DWP and its labor partner after commissioners said the money was unaccounted for.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The outcome of a special election to fill an Assembly seat previously held by Bob Blumenfield is too close to call, reports the Sacramento Bee. Democrat Matt Dababneh had a slight lead over Republican Susan Shelley in the 45th District.

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners cut off funding to two nonprofits jointly run by the DWP and its labor partner after officials failed to adequately explain millions of dollars in funding, reports KPCC. "We are two months after the first disclosure to the public, and two meetings and more than a month after our motion and we have received nothing," said Commissioner President Mel Levine.

A new $59 million computer software program used by the Department of Water and Power means customers are facing 40 minute waits when they call customer service, according to the Los Angeles Times. Additionally, customers have received incorrect bills and delayed bills and late notices. DWP executives are expected to appear before the Energy and Environment Committee this afternoon.

Mayor Eric Garcetti will launch a new parking enforcement website that will include details on things like when street cleaning days have been canceled, according to the Daily News.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown will speak to Cal State Los Angeles' Pat Brown Institute at 6 p.m.



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