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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor supports chief's disciplinary decision, voters favor water bond measure, residents call for resignation of Anaheim councilwoman

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Today is Thursday, March 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti says he agrees with police Chief Charlie Beck's decision to suspend an officer who lied about getting drunk, starting a fight and using a racial slur while he was off-duty. A disciplinary board had recommended that the officer, who is the son and nephew of high-ranking LAPD officers, be fired. "I don’t believe that there was favoritism. In fact, you can cut it both ways. Being somebody who’s well-known or has a relative can actually hurt you more," Garcetti told CBS 2.

State Sen. Leland Yee was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes and participating in gun trafficking. Yee was released on bond and is expected to return to court on Monday. Senate leader Darrell Steinberg has already called for his resignation. "We're going to demand that Leland Yee -- yes, innocent until proven guilty -- leave the Senate and leave it now," he said. Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell is asking the Dodgers to delay a plan to reopen the Scott Avenue gate on game days, something residents say will flood their neighborhood with traffic, reports Eastsider L.A. "The team has not indicated it will reverse its decision, which is designed to speed up the flow of arriving and departing fans," per the website.

A new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California finds most Californians support an $11 billion water bond measure on the November ballot, reports KPCC. The poll also finds voters are split on whether to legalize marijuana.

KPCC looks at how costs and voter turnout compare in special elections. "We have way too many special elections, so they're actually not-so-special elections," says Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School. 

Residents in Anaheim are calling for Councilwoman Lucille Kring to resign after she remarked that the fatal police shooting of a 21-year-old man "saved us a trial," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The editor of the soon-to-be launched Los Angeles Register will speak at the annual awards banquet for the Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists on April 10. Details available here.



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