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Maven's Morning Coffee: Q&A with LAUSD candidates, LA does a reboot on its data website, endorsements in Tuesday's election

KPCC talked to the leading candidates for the L.A. Unified School Board.
KPCC talked to the leading candidates for the L.A. Unified School Board.
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Today is Friday, May 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times notes that this election could be the first time in 100 years that an outsider leads the Sheriff's Department. "With the election dominated by promises to increase public trust in the agency, the career sheriff's officials in the race have sought to distance themselves from the department's recent troubles, portraying themselves as reformers who would bring a fresh perspective to the job," according to the Times.

KPCC talked to three candidates running in Tuesday's election to fill a vacancy on the LAUSD Board of Education. "The next member will join a school board divided between two main philosophies: teachers union allies and those who believe in a particular brand of reform that likes charter schools and using student test scores to evaluate teachers, among other policies," according to the station.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's office is trying a reboot on its data website after the one released last fall became a "virtual ghost town," reports the LA Weekly. A new website will go live this weekend. "The site is expected to offer data on traffic, crime, building permits, and street maintenance, among many other things," according to the Weekly.

Election Endorsements: Mayor Eric Garcetti backed state Sen. Ted Lieu for Congress and Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed West Hollywood Councilman John Duran for the Board of Supervisors, per KPCC.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will endorse Prop 41 at 9:15 a.m.

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