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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti talks street bond, LA County studies child welfare, should state senators get paid while on leave?

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Today is Tuesday, March 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the CIA may have secretly searched Senate computer systems, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles. I am not taking it lightly," Feinstein says.

Mayor Eric Garcetti met with KPCC Monday to talk about city contracts, DWP rates and whether he supports a proposed $3 billion bond to repair failing streets. "I’m not going to put it on the ballot if I don’t think it can pass. That’s a waste of my time," the mayor said of the bond.

In a piece for the Sacramento Bee, Loyola Law Professor Jessica Levinson argues whether Sens. Ron Calderon and Rod Wright should be paid while on leave. "Wright and Calderon should no longer be in the Legislature. In fact, neither of them is serving as a representative because they are both on 'leave.' But for some reason, I think maybe that’s OK? Well, yes and no," she writes.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's chief of staff will not run for the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. Ana Guerrero had been considered a potential candidate to run against Councilman Jose Huizar in the 14th District.

L.A. County's Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection is reaching out to child welfare agencies to find the best practices for preventing child abuse-related deaths, reports the Daily News. "L.A. County is not considering privatizing DCFS, but it is increasingly relying on community organizations to become partners in foster care and other services," per the newspaper.


Mayor Eric Garcetti and DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards will discuss the utility's billing problems at City Hall at 10:15 a.m.

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