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Maven's Morning Coffee: Senate committee blocks ethics bill, LA councilmen go after wage theft, Mayor Garcetti kicks off Summer Night Lights



A state Senate committee blocked an ethics bill Tuesday that would have imposed the toughest restrictions since three Democratic senators were suspended for alleged criminal activity. In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate  Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol  in Sacramento, Calif.  Yee was arrested on federal corruption charges, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, while Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier in the year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A state Senate committee blocked an ethics bill Tuesday that would have imposed the toughest restrictions since three Democratic senators were suspended for alleged criminal activity. In this photo made Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, left, speaks on a bill, while his seat mate Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, works at his desk at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Yee was arrested on federal corruption charges, Wednesday, March 26, 2014, while Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges earlier in the year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Today is Wednesday, June 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

A state Senate Committee blocked an ethics and campaign finance bill that would have imposed the toughest restrictions since three Democratic lawmakers were suspended for criminal charges, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The Republican proposal would have required faster public disclosure of campaign contributions, prohibited lawmakers from paying their spouses and children with campaign funds, barred the use of certain political funds for criminal defense expenses and doubled the penalty for bribery convictions," per the Times.

The California Legislature wants Congress to hold a constitutional convention to draft an amendment that would overturn the Citizens United campaign spending case, reports KPCC. "The idea that (corporations) have the exact same free speech rights as human beings, it's something that I'm not sure our founding fathers would agree with," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Los Angeles City Councilmen Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz want to criminalize "wage theft," which occurs when employers don't pay their workers minimum wage or overtime, according to KPCC.

The city of Bell is suing a former councilman, a foundation and a construction company for millions of dollars that were apparently given to them by former City Manager Robert Rizzo, reports the Los Angeles Times.

LAObserved reports the new George Lucas museum will be built in Chicago, despite a social media campaign by Mayor Eric Garcetti to bring the project to Los Angeles.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti will kick off Summer Night Lights at Glassell Park Recreation Center at 6 p.m.

Upcoming Votes

Wednesday

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