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Maven's Morning Coffee: George McKenna elected to school board, LA City Council takes on fight with DWP union, Mayor Garcetti travels to Sacramento

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Veteran educator George McKenna won a seat on the LAUSD Board of Education in a special election Tuesday, reports KPCC. A coalition led by Rep. Maxine Waters had asked the school board to appoint McKenna back in December when the seat became vacant. Instead, the school board pushed for a multimillion-dollar special election. McKenna will be up for reelection next March, per the LA Weekly.

The L.A. City Council is trying to resolve a dispute between City Hall officials and the Department of Water and Power's powerful union. The disptue is over financial audits of two nonprofits funded by the utility and jointly run by the DWP and IBEW Local 18. "There is no more time to waste on petty political fights," said Councilman Paul Krekorian. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC

Mayor Eric Garcetti says leadership at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority needs to "go up to the next level," reports the Daily News. The city-county agency "has to function better and has to work directly on (homelessness), and that’s what I am putting my focus on," he said.

Deadline Hollywood reports Mayor Eric Garcetti will be in Sacramento today to make a final push for the state's film tax credit program. "The question is will the last-minute push be enough to get the deed done," according to the site.

State Sen. Rod Wright was back in Sacramento to raise money for his legal defense fund. During the trip, he told the Sacramento Bee, "Life ain’t fair." Wright was convicted of living outside of the district he was elected to represent. He's scheduled to be sentenced in September.

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