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Maven's Morning Coffee: Overlapping tax proposals, shakeup coming to Board of Supervisors, Sen. Richard Roth proposes ethics obmbudsman

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Today is Tuesday, April 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times reports that a city sales tax proposal to fix failing streets could conflict with a county tax proposal to raise funds for public transit. "Los Angeles is one of 88 cities in the county but has roughly 40% of the county's population, making it a crucial part of the electorate in deciding any regional transportation tax," according to the Times.

The Daily News looks at why the two open seats on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors represent a major change to the board. Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina are each being termed out after two decades in office. "Clearly, this is the biggest shake-up of the board in years,” said Robert Stern, former president of the Center for Governmental Studies.

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to approve a plan today to drastically change the way garbage is collected from apartment buildings and commercial businesses. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, City News Service

Mayor Eric Garcetti's work with LAUSD is getting mixed reviews, reports the Daily News. "It’s not his number one or number two priority. But I hope that at some point, he will want to have mayoral control," said billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad.

State Sen. Richard Roth is floating the idea of an ethics ombudsman now that three of his colleagues have been suspended, reports Capitol Alert. "We need to create a different system, where staff or other individuals, and legislators, are free to contact someone like an ombudsman," he said. Meanwhile, Sen. Leland Yee gets the Daily Show treatment.



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