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Maven's Morning Coffee: Metro fares increase, the 405 carpool lane opens, donations pour in for Board of Supervisors

Protestors sang, chanted and marched in front of Metro headquarters Saturday March 29, 2014, before a public meeting about the proposed bus and rail fare increase.
Protestors sang, chanted and marched in front of Metro headquarters Saturday March 29, 2014, before a public meeting about the proposed bus and rail fare increase. Deepa Fernandes / KPCC

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Today is Friday, May 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver has donated a total of $1 million to his campaign, reports KPCC. "Shriver has rejected L.A. County's voluntary campaign spending limits, allowing him to spend unlimited amounts of his own money on the campaign," per the station.

The Metro board voted to increase fares on bus and rail lines by 25 cents beginning in September, according to City News Service. "Metro officials said the fare hikes are needed to erase a projected $36.8 million budget shortfall projected for 2016. The agency predicted the deficit could rise to $225 million over the next decade," according to the wire.

The new carpool lane on the San Diego (405) Freeway will open today, making it the country's longest continuous carpool lane, reports the Los Angeles Times. The $1.1 billion project is expected to save commuters 10 minutes per trip during rush hour.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the NBA's documents on the Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his racist and sexist remarks that were captured on tape. "The NBA lodged formal allegations against Sterling, and presented hundreds of pages of supporting documents that revealed new facets of the scandal: the scramble by Sterling and allies to make the problem go away, one Clippers employee's rebuffed plea to warn the NBA of the recording, Stiviano's determination not to be pushed aside," according to the Times.

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