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Maven's Morning Coffee: State Legislature passes budget, City Hall ignores 2020 Commission, DWP gets new helicopters

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Today is Monday, June 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at why City Hall has ignored two reports from the 2020 Commission on the state of Los Angeles. "Inaction is precisely what the reports have generated; if anything, city leaders seem more baffled than motivated by the commission's work," he writes.

State lawmakers approved a $156.4 billion budget Sunday, about six hours ahead of a mandated deadline, reports the Sacramento Bee. The spending plan is seen as a compromise between Gov. Jerry Brown and Legislature's Democratic majority.

Former supervisorial candidate John Duran is being courted by his two former opponents who made it into the November runoff --Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, reports the Los Angeles Times. His endorsement, if he decides to make one, should come soon, according to Raphael Sonenshein with the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. "He's not an established brand yet. Voters' attention drifts and an endorsement is much more likely to get washed out if you wait too long," he said.

The Department of Water and Power is preparing to spend $4 million on two helicopters, which utility officials say help them monitor security and maintain the city's infrastructure, reports the Daily News. "With more than 3,600 miles of transmission lines and towers that span five western states and the 338-mile-long Los Angeles Aqueduct, the DWP often flies to make repairs, install and transport new equipment, attend meetings, photograph facilities and patrol for security," according to the newspaper.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will celebrate the Kings' Stanley Cup win during a parade that starts at noon.

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