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Maven's Morning Coffee: Riders protest Metro fare proposal, California gets more registered independents, following recruits through LAPD Police Academy

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Today is Thursday, Feb. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times followed two recruits through six months at the Police Academy. "By the end, more than a quarter of (recruits) had either quit or been kicked out. For the ones who made it through, it would be one of the most physically and mentally exhausting periods of their lives," per the Times.

Members of the L.A. City Council's Energy and Environment Committee signed off on the appointment of Marcie Edwards to the Department of Water and Power, reports the Daily News. If she is approved by the full council, Edwards would be the first woman to lead the utility.

Members of the Bus Riders Union protested Metro's proposed fare increases Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Metro wants to increase ticket prices for bus and rail lines so a basic ride on the public transit system would cost $2.25 by 2021. However, the Bus Riders Union would like to see the county eventually move to a no-fare system.

The LAUSD Board of Education's decision to make an appointment behind closed doors is drawing fire, according to KPCC. At issue is the selection of a caretaker to temporarily fill the seat left vacant by the death of Margueritte LaMotte. "This is a classically political decision that needs to be made in public if it's made at all," according to the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition.

More and more California voters are registering as independents, reports KPCC. "Both parties lost a share of the California voting public since the 2010 general election. Some  20.94 percent of voters now state no party preference, up from 20.18 percent in 2010," per the station.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the Regional Connector federal grant signing ceremony at 10 a.m.

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