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Maven's Morning Coffee: Extending the Metro Gold Line, reforming the state Legislature, protecting voting rights for disabled adults

Historian DJ Waldie writes that Sacramento lawmakers are not serious about tackling ethics and good government reforms in the Legislature.
Historian DJ Waldie writes that Sacramento lawmakers are not serious about tackling ethics and good government reforms in the Legislature. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

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Today is Friday, July 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Washington Post caught up with Mayor Eric Garcetti to talk about his first year in office. On his back to basics approach, the mayor said, "Well, it’s been tagged as low-key. I don’t believe it is. And I kind of dispel the narrative because it’s really actually quite wide-bandwidth and it’s quite fundamental and it’s been neglected."

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who also chairs Metro, supports extending the Metro Gold Line from Azusa to Claremont, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "I can’t do well for my city if I don’t have support all the way to the eastern border (of the county) and vice versa," Garcetti said.

Historian DJ Waldie writes at KCET that Sacramento lawmakers are not serious about tackling ethics and good government reforms. "New rules in the state Senate limiting contribution seeking don't have an enforcement mechanism. The Assembly is ignoring the whole idea of 'blackout days' for going to big money contributors. Worse, the new leadership rising in the state Senate is unsympathetic to real reform," he writes.

The Disability and Abuse Project filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Thursday that says disabled adults under conservatorship in Los Angeles County are routinely denied the right to vote, reports KPCC. "The complaint alleges Los Angeles Superior Court judges use literacy tests to determine whether an adult under conservatorship may vote ... The complaint also says judges deny these adults the right to have someone help them fill out voter registration forms," according to the station.

Capitol Alert looks into the "FBI mobile surveillance" WiFi network in Sacramento.

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