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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA City Council considers hotel workers' wages, a free car for an Orange County supervisor, LAFD gets a new spokesman

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

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, AEG still wants to build a football stadium, Councilman Paul Koretz prepares to be roasted and stories emerge about the Berman-Waxman machine.

Members of the Los Angeles City Council will introduce a motion today to increase wages for hotel workers to $15 an hour, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Union activists say workers deserve a bigger share of revenue in the booming hotel industry, while owners say that nearly doubling the state minimum wage of $8 an hour will hurt profitability," per the Times.

Writing for KCET, D.J. Waldie suggests Mayor Eric Garcetti is still finding his way as the leader of Los Angeles. "Because Garcetti hasn't done much to define himself as mayor yet, except perhaps as a diligent manager, he risks having others do the defining for him. Still, the mayor has no plans to be other than low-key ... and out of focus," Waldie writes.

The largest publicly owned company in Los Angeles, Occidental Petroleum, is moving to Texas, reports the Los Angeles Business Journal. "Occidental has gradually been shifting operations from Westwood to Houston over the past year, joining the rush of companies seeking to boost their presence in the nation’s energy capital," per the newspaper.

USC Annenberg Radio News talks with L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks about the legacy of Mayor Tom Bradley. The context for the conversation is a new documentary about the former mayor.

The Los Angeles Fire Department hired a former spokesman to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to be its new public information director, reports KPCC.

The Orange County Register looks at why Supervisor Shawn Nelson gets a free car from the Air Quality Management District and a car allowance from Orange County. "Nelson doesn’t appear to be breaking any rules, but taking both the AQMD car and the county auto allowance has raised the ire of union officials," according to the newspaper.

San Bernardino Councilman John Valdivia will run for outgoing Rep. Gary Miller's seat, reports the San Bernardino Sun.

In a piece for the Daily News, writer Joe Matthews argues the move of "The Tonight Show" back to New York has robbed California of one of its most important media platforms. "Presidents and other politicians, on their frequent California fundraising trips, routinely ignored local journalists and rarely held town halls with citizens. But they sat down with (Jay) Leno, who was often the only Californian who got to question these powerful visitors in a public forum," he writes.

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