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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti goes own way on immigration, DWP customers still have billing problems, differing views on Skid Row mural

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Today is Monday, Aug. 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks at how LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy started working with companies on the district's iPad project a year before a contract was put out to bid. "We have to make sure this is completely ethical and above board," said school board member Steve Zimmer.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is part of a growing group of local and state Democrats who are defying the Obama Administration on policy, reports Politico. For Garcetti, according to the piece, the issue is immigration. "We hope to inspire immigration reform in Washington," Garcetti said.

DWP customers are still experiencing problems with astronomical bills thanks to the utility's new $162 million system, reports the Daily News. "A lot of our customers are quite frustrated, and we recognize and apologize for it," a DWP rep told the newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times considers the new Skid Row mural. "Organizers call 'Skid Row Super Mural' a show of pride and self-determination by a community sick of being defined by its most unfortunate citizens. Detractors say the mural is a misguided attempt to paper over the misery of the homeless enclave," per the newspaper.

Tweet of the Day goes to Lucy Jones. Shift happens.

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