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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sacramento proposes a water bond, LA wants to stop watering lawns, Southern California's mountain lions in danger

A $7.5 billion water bond will appear on the November ballot.
A $7.5 billion water bond will appear on the November ballot.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The November ballot will include a $7.5 billion water bond to boost the state's water supply and infrastructure, reports the Sacramento Bee. The bond is a compromise between state lawmakers after some feared voters would not support a previously proposed $11 billion bond. The new bond has significantly less money for Delta restoration.

The Los Angeles Times tags along with Supervisor Gloria Molina to a meeting of her quilting group. "People who know Molina only from her tough political persona are often startled to learn about her hobby," according to the Times.

L.A. City Councilman Felipe Fuentes talked to KPCC's AirTalk about a proposal to stop watering lush city-owned lawns during the drought. The motion, co-introduced with Councilman Mike Bonin, calls for city properties to eventually plant drought-resistant vegetation.

The Atlantic's City Lab considers how freeways are impacting Southern California's mountain lion population. "The lack of geographical diversity in the population in the Santa Monica Mountains is raising red flags. L.A.’s highway network, the study concludes, has essentially become an inescapable fence—dooming the city’s mountain lions to behave irrationally," according to the piece.

Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed, 26-year-old African American man in South L.A. Monday, reports KPCC. Police say the man tackled one of the officers just before the fatal shooting. The victim's mother says her son was "mentally challenged." KPCC also reports that a Compton man, diagnosed with schizophrenia, was injured in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies. His family is asking for a full investigation.

Six Los Angeles public parks will soon have free Wi-Fi, reports City News Service.  Cabrillo Beach, Echo Park Lake, Griffith Observatory, Pershing Square, Reseda Park and Venice Beach will all be a part of the pilot program.

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