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Maven's Morning Coffee: Proposed tax increase for streets, Whittier election moves forward, did fracking cause LA's earthquake?

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

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New York Times writer Maureen Dowd does a compare and contrast between L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. "He is confident that his 'back-to-basics' approach is reaping benefits, despite criticism in L.A. Weekly last month that he’s off to a slow start and struggling to find an agenda," Dowd writes of Garcetti.

The city of Los Angeles is considering an increase to the sales tax to pay for failing streets and sidewalks. The half-cent increase would cost the typical household $91 a year. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for April, and the L.A. City Council must decide by July whether to place is on the November ballot. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, City News Service

An April election in the city of Whittier will take place, despite objections from the Whittier Latino Coalition, which argues the city's at-large elections disenfranchise minority voters, reports KPCC. "The coalition wants the city council elected by district. But the judge ruled the coalition had not shown great harm would result from proceeding with the election," according to the station.

KPCC reports the Board of Supervisors is considering a plan for a new women's jail in Lancaster. The county has a $100 million grant from the state to build the Mira Loma complex.

Was Monday's "Shamrock Shake" caused by fracking? That's what L.A. City Councilmen Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz want to know. They introduced a motion asking state and federal agencies to report back on whether oil extraction activities caused the early morning earthquake. LAist

Councilman John D’Amico is the new mayor of West Hollywood. He will take over on April 21, per WEHOville.

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