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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti talks Olympic bid, LAUSD tackles computer problems, is a Costa Mesa toll lane measure a political stunt?

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Voters will not be asked this November whether lawmakers suspended for dishonorable behavior should also have their pay suspended, reports Capitol Alert. The state Senate approved Darrell Steinberg's constitutional amendment in May but the Assembly failed to take it up and place it on the ballot. The move was a response to allegations against Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright.

Mayor Eric Garcetti outlined the city's Olympic bid Monday, reports the Los Angeles Register. "Our simple pitch for the Olympics is every athlete from around the world has a home-field advantage in Los Angeles," Garcetti said at a luncheon hosted by the  L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says police in Ferguson, Mo. can learn a lot from the LAPD. Those lessons include the importance of a diverse police force, restraint in crowd control and releasing the names of officers involved in shootings.

The LAUSD's new computer system continues to experience problems, reports the Daily News. According to school board member Tamar Galatzan, the system "severely crippled basic and essential services at every school and most departments in the district."

Two Costa Mesa councilwomen say a November ballot measure asking voters their opinion on toll lanes on the San Diego (405) Freeway is just a political stunt, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It's a brazen attempt to basically get some political candidates' names in the ballot book associated with something that's polling good," said Councilwoman Sandy Genis.

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