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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD investigates detective, DWP union warns City Hall, cargo traffic increases at ports

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Today is Wednesday, June 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

What would it take for Gov. Jerry Brown to lose the November election? That's the question posed in the Daily News. "California political experts say only Brown’s, ahem, death could keep him from winning an unprecedented fourth term in November. But even the Grim Reaper himself wouldn’t necessarily lift (Neel) Kashkari to victory: California election laws give even candidates in coffins the right to stay alive on the ballot," according to the newspaper.

The union representing Department of Water and Power employees held a rally Tuesday, warning the city not to withhold training and safety payments it is owed under the collective bargaining agreement, reports the Los Angeles Times. The payments are the subject of ongoing litigation as the Controller's Office attempts to determine just how the $4 million annual payments are spent by the union.

Cargo volume is up at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach but that increase is due, in part, to retailers pushing through their shipments before labor contracts expire at the end of June, reports KPCC. Talks between the ports and the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union are ongoing.

The LAPD is investigating a veteran detective who was allegedly caught on tape making racist remarks, reports the Los Angeles Times. Frank Lyga was removed from field duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson didn't have any problem with Mayor Eric Garcetti dropping the F word at the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration, reports City News Service. "I think he was genuine and he was excited and he was emotional," Wesson said.

Which Way, LA? asks whether the city of Los Angeles should reform its parking fines.

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