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Maven's Morning Coffee: State Senate considers ethics bills, Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy, LA cancels a bike race

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Today is Thursday, March 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Eastsider LA considers how the city's proposal to increase the minimum wage could impact local businesses. "While $15 an hour would be a welcome change for employees, it could be the downfall of some local businesses. As operation costs increase, owners will offset the money elsewhere in their budget," per the website.

During his reelection, former Assemblyman Charles Calderon paid his son $40,000 for Web consulting services but the Whittier Daily News reports it can't find any evidence of a website or social media presence. Calderon ran unopposed in that 2010 election. His son, Ian Calderon, is now as assemblyman for the Whittier area.

Democrats in the state Senate are expected to announce a package of bills today that would ban fundraisers at lobbyists' homes, lower the value of gifts lawmakers may receive from a source, and prohibit officials from taking tickets to sporting events and concerts, reports the Sacramento Bee. The new ethics bills come after 40 lawmakers received warning letters from the Fair Political Practices Commission for having fundraisers at the home of a lobbyist.

Politico considers former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy and it's not a flattering picture. "Villaraigosa’s actual legacy boils down to three things: deep disappointment, unrealized potential and brazen betrayal," according to the piece.

An unofficial bicycle race that's been held on the L.A. Marathon course for years was canceled just days before the event when the Bureau of Street Services warned the Wolfpack Hustle it was not properly permitted, reports the LA Weekly. Event organizers say they've never had to obtain permits, and that in past years the race was completed with the help of LAPD. KPCC, LA Times

Mayor Eric Garcetti is off to Chicago today to participate in an urban leadership forum.

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