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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's minimum wage, challenges in Long Beach, did Mayor Garcetti lose a tablet?

A coalition of activists are pushing a ballot proposal that would increase wages in Los Angeles to $15/hour.
A coalition of activists are pushing a ballot proposal that would increase wages in Los Angeles to $15/hour.

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Today is Tuesday, July 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A coalition of activists have put forward a ballot measure proposal that would increase the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15/hour. Supporters need to gather more than 61,000 signatures to get it qualified for an upcoming ballot. KPCC, Los Angeles Times

The Long Beach Press-Telegram outlines the challenges Mayor Robert Garcia and the new members of the city council will face: reducing pension costs, growing the middle class and strengthening the Port of Long Beach. "These issues will require a new level of creativity, some savvy negotiating skills and a strong vision of what’s needed to take this city forward," according to the newspaper.

The Daily News looks at what's next now that the L.A. Police Protective League has rejected the city's proposed contract. "League President Tyler Izen said the lack of any raise was a deal breaker for the officers. 'The city absolutely refused to provide any cost-of-living adjustment ... I mean, that was it. Our members have sacrificed for five years now'," per the newspaper.

Historian and writer DJ Waldie considers how the city of Los Angeles can pay for its sidewalk repairs. "The state of the city's walkways makes laughable the claim that Los Angeles is about to become one of the nation's most 'walkable' cities," he writes at KCET.

A Reddit user thinks he may have found a tablet belonging to Mayor Eric Garcetti. "I browsed around to find any contact information about the owner. Nothing except a few photos taken with the device's camera at the mayor's house and a few selfies of him," according to the posting.

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