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Maven's Morning Coffee: Councilman puts the brakes on a Jay-Z concert, LAUSD students waste food, is there a culture of corruption in Sacramento?

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Today is Wednesday, April 2, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Plans are in the works to bring the Made in America concert to Grand Park downtown but L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar wants more information before any permits are issued, reports KPCC. The two-day concert would bring 50,000 people and more than a week of street closures to the Civic Center at the end of August.

Secretary of State candidate Dan Schnur is less than impressed by Sacramento lawmakers' efforts to end corruption, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There has been almost no meaningful effort on the part of the state's political leaders to clean up the Capitol's culture of corruption," Schnur says. Those comments come as Democrats in the state Senate cancel a weekend fundraiser at the Torrey Pines golf course, reports Capitol Alert.

The Los Angeles Times reports that children in the LAUSD system throw out $100,000 worth of food every day. "Under federal school meal rules finalized in 2012 ... students must take at least three items — including one fruit or vegetable — even if they don't want them. Otherwise, the federal government won't reimburse school districts for the meals," according to the newspaper.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a new system to collect garbage from apartment buildings and commercial businesses, reports the Daily News. "When we talk about where we haul most of our trash, it is to my district. When we talk of traffic or air quality or the strain on our infrastructure, it is all in my district," said Councilwoman Nury Martinez.



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