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Maven's Morning Coffee: Traffic jams at LAX, MWD's expensive retrofit, candidates for the Board of Supervisors debate

Acknowledging that it is a poor passenger experience, airport officials are working to alleviate traffic jams in the Central Terminal Area.
Acknowledging that it is a poor passenger experience, airport officials are working to alleviate traffic jams in the Central Terminal Area.
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Today is Wednesday, May 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Budget and Finance Committee wants to change Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposal to hire more traffic officers to write parking tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rather than hire 50 additional officers, committee members want to fill 17 part-time positions that are currently vacant. Doing so could result in an additional $2.3 million a year in parking ticket fines.

LAX officials are looking for ways to alleviate traffic congestion in the Central Terminal Area, reports the Daily News. "We know it’s a poor passenger experience today. The thing that we also know is that demand is going to go up and the problem is going to get worse," according to the official leading the airport's planning efforts.

The Metropolitan Water District will spend $20 million to protect its headquarters against the effects of an earthquake, reports KPCC. The $100 million building opened in 1998. "MWD officials believed they were paying for a building that met essential facility standards ... the agency considered legal action against the builders after MWD staff found sagging and cracking in several beams in 2008. But the statute of limitations had expired," per the station.

Four of the candidates for the Board of Supervisors' Third District debated on Which Way, LA? Included in the debate were former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich, former Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver, former state legislator Sheila Kuehl and West Hollywood Councilman John Duran.

Over at LAObserved, Bill Boyarsky writes about Mayor Eric Garcetti's recent talk to Town Hall Los Angeles. "He told how he made coffee for a Chinese investor he was trying to lure to L.A. The man, he said, was impressed," Boyarsky writes.

Former L.A. City Councilman Mike Woo does a Q&A with Zocalo Public Square. Best advice he ever received? "Never talk in an elevator because you never know who’s listening to you."


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the funeral of LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez at 9 a.m.

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