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Maven's Morning Coffee: City Hall clashes with DWP union, delay at LAUSD, former councilwoman gets confirmed

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The L.A. Board of Education delayed a decision on how to fill the vacancy left by the death of Marguerite LaMotte, reports KPCC. "Attendees cheered the decision to delay, as many stated it was disrespectful to fill the position before LaMotte's burial. Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday," according to the station.

The head of IBEW Local 18 declined to turn over documents for two nonprofits funded by the Department of Water and Power, despite repeated requests from the Controller's Office. Controller Ron Galperin is attempting to review the finances for the Joint Safety and Joint Training institutes. KPCC, Los Angeles Times

Former L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry was confirmed as the general manager of the Economic and Workforce Development Department, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new agency is taking over for the Community Redevelopment Agency.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is touting a city program that encourages commercial businesses to reduce their wastewater, according to the Daily News. About 200 companies are eligible for the rebate. "Those businesses are L.A.’s biggest commercial wastewater users, and account for 15 percent of the city’s wastewater flow," per the Daily News.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is seeking input on how the city can improve in 2014, per LAObserved.



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