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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA gets disaster chief, Skid Row in mental health crisis, Obama prepares for trip to California

Funding from the Rockefeller Foundation will allow Mayor Eric Garcetti to hire a chief resiliency officer. That person will be responsible for preparing Los Angeles for a major disaster.
Funding from the Rockefeller Foundation will allow Mayor Eric Garcetti to hire a chief resiliency officer. That person will be responsible for preparing Los Angeles for a major disaster. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

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Today is Tuesday, July 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Mayor Eric Garcetti will hire a chief resiliency officer, thanks to funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, according to KPCC. This person will be tasked with helping the city plan for major disasters.

President Obama will be back in Los Angeles this month for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser, reports City News Service. The event will be held at the home of television producer Shonda Rhimes.

Supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver says he will not self-finance his runoff campaign against Sheila Kuehl, reports the Los Angeles Times. Instead, Shriver will abide by Los Angeles County's $1.4 million spending limit.

A hearing officer determined the city of Los Angeles violated a labor ordinance when it implemented new retirement plans without first consulting employees' unions, reports the Daily News. The new plan increased the retirement age and changed health coverage for retirees' spouses. "City leaders, including then-City Council President (Eric) Garcetti, pushed for the changes, arguing at least $4.3 billion will be saved over the next three decades," per the newspaper.

In an op-ed for the Downtown News, LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph writes that Skid Row is in a mental health state of emergency. "We are now at a state of urgency, as the streets of Skid Row have once again become an outdoor asylum without walls. On a daily basis we see the potential for violence against or committed by these individuals," he writes.

The state's minimum wage will increase today for the first time in six years, reports KPBS. The new standard will be $9/hour, with an additional increase coming in 2016.

Historian D.J. Waldie penned a guide for the "politically perplexed" in Los Angeles County. "Getting past the city/county mix up of names is easy. Envisioning non-cites with familiar names as islands among incorporated cities is harder. When a news report is bylined Marina Del Rey, no reporter footnotes its non-city status," he writes at KCET.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti will travel throughout Los Angeles by rail beginning at 2 p.m. to mark his first year in office.

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