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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor's budget proposal, funding for Homeboy Industries, LA gets more parklets

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

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The L.A. Weekly reports Mayor Eric Garcetti's budget proposal will include a push to end the city's business tax.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Gov. Jerry Brown says experience counts, Councilman Tom LaBonge wants open-air buses, and the president of UTLA faces stiff competition.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's upcoming budget plan will propose phasing out the city's business tax, reports the L.A. Weekly. The tax currently provides 10 percent of the city's budget. The city's budget chair, Councilman Paul Krekorian, is skeptical of the proposal. "I have yet to see evidence that reducing our budget by $400 million will produce revenues that exceed that amount," he says.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez looks at the funding challenges of Homeboy Industries. "We're a place of second chances for gang members and felons. It's a tough sell, but a good bet," says Father Gregory Boyle.

Cities in Southern California are posting their financial data online with the help of a new Mountain View-based company, Open Gov, reports KPCC. "Sunlight’s a good thing and certainly for city government it’s a good thing," says Doug Willmore, the city manager who replaced Robert Rizzo in Bell.

An effort to turn parking spaces into parklets will go citywide this week, reports the Daily News. "The urban sanctuaries have featured benches and couches on imitation grass, stationary bikes and even some public art, all seemingly set off from traffic," according to the piece.

A group of California lawmakers have created the Jewish Caucus to focus on issues important to the Jewish community, reports the Sacramento Bee. The Legislature has 15 caucused organized around various identities.

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