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Maven's Morning Coffee: Control of the Central Basin water district, a sexual harassment case at City Hall, lessons from the June primary

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Today is Monday, June 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe wants a takeover of the Central Basin Municipal Water District following multiple reports of mismanagement, reports the Whittier Daily News. Knabe said he was particularly concerned about the district's loss of insurance and various lawsuits.

In a piece for the Sacramento Bee, former secretary of state candidate Dan Schnur writes about lessons learned from the campaign trail. Specifically, Schnur discusses the hyper-partisanship of races, out-of-control fundraising and a lack of voter participation. " I will continue to work along with my fellow citizens to clean up a corrupt Capitol and to prepare our young people for the challenges of leadership that will soon pass to them," he writes.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times looks at why 300,000 people voted for Leland Yee for secretary of state, despite the fact that he ended his campaign after he was indicted on gun trafficking charges. "The results speak to the ephemeral nature of news — even events that are widely covered or hugely hyped — in this age of perpetual information," according to the piece.

A judge ruled that a former female staffer to L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander will have to reveal her identity if she wants her sexual harassment case to move forward, according to the Daily News. The woman initially filed her case as a Jane Doe. Her attorney said she will comply with the judge's order.

An analysis by the Los Angeles Times finds more than two-thirds of Los Angeles city employees live outside the city's boundaries. The Times cites expensive home prices and poor schools as two reasons for the findings.

Tweet of the Day goes to L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss his veterans hiring initiative at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

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