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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD's union considers contract, Darrell Steinberg looks to the future, will LA finally fix its sidewalks?

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Today is Thursday, July 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The LAPD's union is considering a one-year contract with the city, reports KPCC. The agreement could increase starting salaries and provide more money for overtime. The L.A. Police Protective League declined to comment but did release a video from its president.

L.A. County's interim sheriff wants to delay creation of a civilian oversight committee until the inspector general's office is operating, according to the Los Angeles Times. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said he was "disturbed" by that recommendation. "The Sheriff's Department cannot police itself. That truth is not going to change with the passage of more weeks or more months; it is not going to change even with the advent of a new sheriff," he said.

Over at LAObserved, Bill Boyarsky says Mayor Eric Garcetti's website with the city's performance metrics is improving. "Mayor Garcetti deserves credit for setting up and improving the site, giving Los Angeles a better way to judge his first year," he writes.

City Hall wants to create a comprehensive plan to fix sidewalks. The L.A. City Council has $27 million to get started with as it considers funding a 50/50 program to split the costs of repairs with homeowners or creating a low-interest loan program for property owners, reports KPCC.

Capitol Alert considers what state Sen. Darrell Steinberg will do once he leaves the Legislature. "In earlier rounds, the Sacramento Democrat has said he'd explore running for Sacramento district attorney (he didn't), Sacramento mayor (he still could) and California attorney general (didn't happen)," according to the piece.

Angelenos are paying $60,000 for competing fireworks displays hosted by L.A. City Councilmen Bernard Parks and Curren Price, reports the Daily News. "Price, whose district lines were redrawn to include the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, is taking over the annual fireworks show at the stadium that was started by Parks when he represented the area. But instead of giving up on fireworks, Parks opted to move his extravaganza to Van Ness Recreational Park," reports the newspaper.

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