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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA expands summer jobs program, controller to audit DWP funds, a look at MWD's inspection trips

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Today is Wednesday, March 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he's expanding the city's program to give teenagers summer jobs, reports CBS 2. Disney is partnering with the city to spend $1 million on the program. "Our summer jobs program makes sure summer is a time for young people to get ahead by earning a paycheck, job skills, and financial education," Garcetti said.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez says police Chief Charlie Beck was wrong to suspend, rather than fire, a cop who lied about getting drunk off-duty, picking a fight and using a racial slur. "His handling of this case sends the wrong message to cops and to a city that needs to know the LAPD will root out the rogues, serve and protect with integrity and do everything it can to earn the community's trust," Lopez writes.

Controller Ron Galperin has a right to audit the finances of two non-profits jointly run by the Department of Water and Power and its union, a judge ruled Tuesday. Judge James Chalfant said it's a matter of the city attempting to manage its department and its public funds. The controller could have access to the records as soon as May 6. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

L.A. City Councilmen Bernard Parks and Curren Price are arguing over who has the right to host an annual fireworks show at the Coliseum, reports the Los Angeles Times. Parks has long hosted the event, but believes his opposition to a deal giving USC control of the Coliseum prompted university officials to work with Price instead. "Instead of actually earning accomplishments, we're dealing with a herd of elected officials who have become accustomed to claiming the hard work of others," Parks said in a jab at his colleague.

KPCC reports the Metropolitan Water District's little-known trips to water sites raise questions about who is getting time with board members.

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