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Maven's Morning Coffee: Plan to organize LAX workers, new leader for UTLA, Republican candidates to debate

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Today is Wednesday, April 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The country's largest airlines are threatening litigation against the city of Los Angeles over what they say is an unfair proposal to make it easier to unionize at LAX, reports the Daily News. A union official tells the newspaper the effort is coming from Mayor Eric Garcetti's office. "The airline industry believes the new language would effectively force service providers, including baggage handlers, ticket agents and wheelchair pushers, to embrace unions in order to remain at the airport. SEIU has largely failed in attempts to organize these workers," per the article.

The Los Angeles Times profiles Sheila Kuehl, a candidate for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors. "In the June 3 primary, the big question for Kuehl is whether voters in the vast district straddling the Santa Monica Mountains agree that her Sacramento record makes her better suited for the county job than her opponents," according to the piece.

Writing for Time, Joe Matthews says the firestorm around Clippers owner Donald Sterling shows Los Angeles can't police itself. "By handing out money to many different people and organizations across all lines of geography, cause, and ethnicity, Sterling incentivized much of Los Angeles to ignore his racism," according to Matthews.

Alex Caputo-Pearl was elected to lead United Teachers Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The incoming leader vowed to make the union a force for advancing education reforms favored by teachers in the school district," per the Times.

KFI's John and Ken will host a debate between Republican gubernatorial candidates Tim Donnelly and Neel Kashkari reports the Sacramento Bee. It's set for May 15 in Anaheim.

Tweet of the Day goes to the Clippers.

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