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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD officers protest, DWP seeks a new lobbyist, UCLA cleans up from water main break

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Today is Wednesday, July 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles police officers took to City Hall Tuesday to protest for raises and an improved disciplinary system. The off-duty LAPD officers warned the city is losing officers to neighboring jurisdictions that have better pay. LAPD officers and City Hall are attempting to renegotiate a one-year agreement after the first proposal was voted down. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC, LA Register

The Department of Water and Power is looking for a new lobbyist in Washington, D.C., according to KPCC. "The DWP calls the ad a routine solicitation, part of the normal routine when the current contracts expire in November. Neither the agency nor the trio of current lobbying firms would say whether they were re-applying for the job," per the station.

The city lost an estimated 8 million to 10 million gallons of water yesterday when a water main broke in Westwood and flooded the UCLA campus, reports KPCC. Sunset Boulevard near the campus remains closed as crews work on repairs.

California will have its first openly gay governor today -- for about eight to nine hours, according to the Washington Post. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be the acting governor as Gov. Jerry Brown, the lieutenant governor and Senate president pro tem take care of business out of state.

LAObserved has video of Vin Scully announcing he will return for a 66th season with the Dodgers.

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