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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP water bills increase, Target's Hollywood development in trouble, what information should be released in a police shooting?

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Today is Friday, Aug. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti said water rates would not increase in 2014 but the Los Angeles Register reports customers will see their bills go up an average of $6.41 thanks to "pass-through" rate adjustments. "They don’t think the public will understand what a layered cake we’ve got here. Because there’s lots of layers to this cake," according to the deputy director of the Office of Public Accountability.

The Daily News has video of a Central Basin Municipal Water District member driving a car, which wouldn't typically be newsworthy except Art Chacon was recently censured by the board for receiving a monthly car allowance when he hasn't had a driver's license in more than a decade. "(They) have put the ratepayer in a position where they’ve got tremendous liability and could end up having to pay a huge cost if Chacon were to get into an accident, injure somebody while driving illegally and they’re aware of it," according to one open-government activist.

A judge wants Target to stop building its new Hollywood location because he says it violates the city's zoning codes, reports Curbed LA. Attorneys for Target say then-Councilman Eric Garcetti encouraged to build an overly-large store.

Which Way, LA? considers what information should be made public in officer-involved shootings.

Council President Herb Wesson took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and called on Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin and IBEW Local 18's Brian D'Arcy to do so the same. Here's his video.

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