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Maven's Morning Coffee: Neel Kashkari lives on the streets, audit finds problems with LA's road repairs, DWP continues clean up in Westwood

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Today is Thursday, July 31, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week living as a homeless man to highlight the challenges facing California. His campaign made a short documentary about it. "California’s most vulnerable citizens deserve leaders who will fight for them – and as governor I intend to do just that," Kashkari said in a statement.

The Bureau of Street Services does a poor job of prioritizing which roads to repair, according to an audit from Controller Ron Galperin, reports the Daily News. "Some of the city’s busiest and most important thoroughfares remain in the worst condition, impeding traffic and commerce, making bike riding unsafe and turning bus rides into bumpy, uncomfortable journeys," according to Galperin.

Sunset Boulevard remains closed as DWP crews continue to work on that ruptured water main. A revised estimate found 20 million gallons of water were lost, and 700 to 900 cars remain stuck in two of UCLA's underground garages. UCLA representatives estimate the damage to the campus to be in the tens of millions of dollars, reports KPCC.

LAUSD principals and administrators will receive a 6.64 percent raise over three years under a contract ratified Wednesday, reports the Daily News. "None of us expect perfection; we expect progress and we feel we’ve achieved that," said the president of the Association of Administrators of Los Angeles.

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