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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP starts collection efforts, LAUSD makes an appointment, congresswoman to run for Board of Supervisors

DWP officials are working to correct a new software system that has generated inaccurate bills and left customers with frustratingly long hold times when they call the utility. In the meantime, the utility is launching a collections effort to go after delinquent customers.
DWP officials are working to correct a new software system that has generated inaccurate bills and left customers with frustratingly long hold times when they call the utility. In the meantime, the utility is launching a collections effort to go after delinquent customers. DWP video

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Department of Water and Power is launching a collections effort to go after customers who have not been paying their bills, according to the Daily News. Over the past several months, the utility's revenues have fallen from $3.4 billion to $3.1 billion due in part to a new billing system that sent out tens of thousands of incorrect bills.

The LAUSD Board of Education appointed a caretaker to the seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, reports the Los Angeles Times. USC professor Sylvia Rousseau was selected in a closed-door meeting.

Former chair of the California Republican Party, Ron Nehring, will run for lieutenant governor against Gavin Newsom, according to the Sacramento Bee. "today we have a government that is failing in too many ways: sky-high unemployment, more poverty than any state in the nation, failing schools and a toxic environment for job creation. We can do better," Nehring says.

Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod will not seek reelection. Instead, she will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, reports KPCC.

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants artists to help design an official tote bag for the city, per the Mayor's Office.

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