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Maven's Morning Coffee: Gentrification concerns at LA River, LA pays legal fees over Hollywood plan, DWP overcharged cities,

Residents are concerned that plans to rehab the L.A. River could push out longtime residents.
Residents are concerned that plans to rehab the L.A. River could push out longtime residents.
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Today is Thursday, June 5, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in Sacramento today to meet with Gov. Jerry Brown and leadership in the state Senate and Assembly, according to his office. This is his first visit to Sacramento as mayor.

KCET looks at concerns that the revitalization of the Los Angeles River will push out longtime residents in favor of developers. "Economic development plans often talk about big things, but how do we empower those who are already here?" says the president of the Elysian Valley Riverside Neighborhood Council.

The city of Los Angeles will pay $1.75 million in legal fees for three groups that fought the Hollywood Community Plan, reports the Los Angeles Times. The planning document was approved in 2012 but a judge ultimately found it was based on outdated demographic information and was "fatally flawed."

The Department of Water and Power overcharged neighboring cities Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena for power transmission, resulting in a $6.3 million settlement to the three cities, according to the Daily News. "When bonds used to build the transmission system were refinanced over the years, the DWP was supposed to lower the transmission rate. But it didn’t consistently reduce the cost, and ratepayers have been paying slightly too much," per the newspaper.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and New York Mayor Bill De Blasio made a bet on the outcome of the Stanley Cup finals: the losing city's mayor will have to sing the other city's song in front of millions of people, according to the NHL.



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