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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wage proposal advances for hotel workers, LA County creates new child welfare office, mapping LA's foreclosed homes

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Today is Wednesday, June 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The L.A. County Board of Supervisors agreed to create the Office of Child Protection to better coordinate with departments involved in caring for children, reports KPCC. The decision follows findings from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection that the county's child welfare system was in a "state of emergency."

Hotel workers in non-union shops would be paid $15 an hour under a proposal advanced by the L.A. City Council's Economic Development Committee, reports KPCC. Councilman Paul Krekorian requested an economic analysis to conducted before the wage increase takes effect. "We're all elected to improve the quality of life of people we represent but honestly, as I sit here, I still don't know whether this measure does that," he said.

A half-cent sales tax to improve Los Angeles' failing streets and sidewalks will not appear on the November ballot, according to the Los Angeles Times. Some transportation officials had expressed concern that the tax could jeopardize passage of a different, countywide transportation tax expected to be on the 2016 ballot.

The LA Weekly looks at how Westside congressional candidate David Kanuth could raise more than $900,000 dollars and receive just 1,191 votes in the June primary. "The overall impression created by these (campaign) videos is that Kanuth is a fuzzy-headed hipster who has no idea why he wants to be in Congress," per the Weekly.

Three members of the L.A. City Council are supporting a state bill that would require ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance similar to regular taxis, according to the Los Angeles Times.

CurbedLA has a map of 4,300 foreclosed homes in Los Angeles.



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