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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP's "return to greatness," campaign finance in the race for supervisor, Metro attorney convicted

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Today is Wednesday, March 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


With a new general manager at the helm, Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Department of Water and Power will "return to greatness," reports the Daily News. Among the mayor's goals for the utility are to restore public confidence, update infrastructure and achieve high environmental standards.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to KPCC's Take Two about reaching out to single, female voters in the midterm elections. "This message is not only a message, it's a statement of fact: when women succeed, American succeeds," Pelosi says.

Bobby Shriver has rejected campaign spending limits in his race for the Board of Supervisors -- and indicated he'll spend at least $300,000 of his own money on the race, reports the Los Angeles Times. The move lifts spending caps for all candidates running in the Third District.

A former attorney for Metro was convicted Tuesday of stealing almost $2 million from the transit agency, according to the Los Angeles Times. James Vincent Reiss allegedly submitted phony invoices to Metro and took settlement money in cases he handled.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly will both speak at the state Republican Party's convention this weekend, reports the Sacramento Bee. The two men, however, will not participate in a debate.



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