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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA sues DWP union, ethics panel fines state senator, Jerry Brown named "influential"

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Today is Friday, April 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti's counsel sued IBEW Local 18's Brian D'Arcy for failing to recognize Rich Llewellyn’s appointment to two nonprofits jointly operated by the Department of Water and Power and its union, reports KPCC. It's the latest step in the city's efforts to audit the finances of the Joint Training and Joint Safety institutes.

The New York Times Magazine profiles the major candidates running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman. "The Real Candidates of Beverly Hills" notes that the 33rd is the second-wealthiest congressional district in America. "News of Waxman’s departure unleashed a kind of political anarchy on the Botox Belt," per the piece.

Gov. Jerry Brown made Time's list of 100 Most Influential People. "No longer the new kid, he’s now the adult in the room — the wise steward of our state’s resources," former Gov. Gray Davis writes.

The Fair Political Practices Commission fined state Sen. Tom Berryhill $40,000 for violating campaign finance rules, according to the Sacramento Bee. Authorities say Berryhill moved money from his campaign account to an account run by his brother just days before the November 2008 election in an attempt to bypass campaign contribution limits. An attorney for Berryhill said his client may appeal the decision.

A former hospital executive accused of bribing state Sen. Ron Calderon pleaded guilty to paying kickbacks to doctors who referred patients to his hospital, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Michael Drobot faces 10 years in federal prison.

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