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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP financial records, complaints over Promise Zone funding, an end to the city's business tax

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City Hall is continuing its fight with IBEW Local 18 over records that could show how $40 million in taxpayer money was spent.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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IBEW Local 18's Brian D'Arcy says he'll release an audit that shows how public money was spent by two safety and training nonprofits jointly run by the union and the Department of Water and Power. However, Controller Ron Galperin says the report doesn't shed any new light on how $40 million was spent over a decade. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks talks to the L.A. Sentinel about his disappointment over the federal government's Promise Zone grant. "All of the poverty areas south of the Santa Monica freeway have been ignored," he says.

Which Way, L.A.? considers the end of the city's business tax.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is suing Los Angeles County over a cross on its seal, reports KPCC. "The restoration of the cross to the County seal favors the Christian religion over all other religions," according to the lawsuit.

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