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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor supports Chief Beck, Legislature considers water bond, low turnout expected in LAUSD special election

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to support police Chief Charlie Beck despite allegations that the chief may have influenced a disciplinary case involving his daughter, report KPCC. "This is a police chief I’m very happy with and has done a great job," the mayor told reporters at City Hall.

The state Legislature has a week to craft a new water bond for the Nov. 4 ballot, reports the Sacramento Bee. "Beyond partisan maneuvering, the two biggest variables are the size of the bond and the specific projects it would finance. (Gov. Jerry) Brown has proposed $6 billion, while other proposals floating around the Capitol range upward to the $11.1 billion pending measure," according to the piece.

Low voter turnout is expected in the Aug. 12 special election for the LAUSD Board of Education, reports LA School Report. "If low turnout predictions hold, each voter who does go to the polls has outsized clout.  A turnout of 5 percent in the school board race would translate into a candidate winning the race with as few as 8,500 votes," per the site.

A long delayed city-owned children’s museum in the San Fernando Valley will open in November, reports the Daily News. "In 2000, officials inked a deal for a $10 million public-private partnership deal between the city and the nonprofit for a museum. But after ballooning construction costs and a canceled donation from a Sherman Oaks businessman, the museum’s nonprofit declared bankruptcy in 2009," according to the piece.

The Poynter Institute profiles LAPD Commissioner Paula Madison, a former NBC news executive.

Tweet of the Day goes to L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson.

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