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Maven's Morning Coffee: talking with DWP's new general manager, fallout from LAFD's hiring suspension, Gov. Brown raises $20 million for reelection

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Today is Monday, March 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, there's questionable support for a sales tax increase, the 2020 Commission prepares for its second report, and Councilman Bernard Parks makes his television debut.

The Los Angeles Times talks with new DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. "Edwards is the chosen change-maker of a mayor who has pledged to reform the DWP after a string of controversies, the face of his push to rebuild confidence and restore pride in the nation's largest municipal utility," per the Times.

The decision to suspend the Los Angeles Fire Department's hiring program leaves 850 applicants in limbo, reports the Daily News. For some of those eligible candidates, the recruitment process started 18 months ago. When hiring starts back up, those applicants will likely have to reapply under the new system.

Gov. Jerry Brown has become an "anti-politician" with his low-key style and hands-on approach, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Brown ... appears unmoved by those who question his style, practicing an almost improvisational form of governing, without the office structure or hierarchy typical of most governors," according to the piece. Meanwhile, Capitol Alert reports Brown has raised $20 million for his reelection.

The LA Weekly put together a 10-step guide to writing a puff piece on Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Quote hizzoner saying something funny and optimistic, one last sweet nothing that will leave your readers basking in the reflective glow of our city's promise," according to the Weekly.

The Downtown News imagines what would happen if the Muppets visited L.A. City Hall. "At the end, Fozzie doesn’t know (Tom) LaBonge has been elected and LaBonge is unaware that Fozzie is a Muppet. Meanwhile, Miss Piggy walks away from José Huizar’s desk, turns to Kermit and asks, 'Is he single?'"

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