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Maven's Morning Coffee: seismic safety at MWD, plastic bag ban in LA, police commissioner sells the Sparks

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Today is Friday, Jan. 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks at the seismic fitness of the Metropolitan Water District's downtown headquarters. The MWD has already set aside $12 million for repairs and upgrades.

State Sen. Jerry Hill plans to introduce legislation to limit campaign contributions to businesses or nonprofits operated by family members of state legislators, reports Capitol Alert. The bill was prompted by the news that the Latino Caucus gave $25,000 to a nonprofit operated by Tom Calderon, brother to state Sen. Ron Calderon.

Los Angeles' ban on single-use plastic bags created some confusion for shoppers as it went into effect, reports the Daily News. "With its new ban, Los Angeles joins a list of 90 cities and counties in the state, including unincorporated Los Angeles County, with similar laws over plastic bags," per the newspaper.

Police Commissioner Paula Madison is giving up her family's interest in the Los Angeles Sparks, according to the Associated Press.



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