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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mexican president visits LA, LAUSD cancels iPad contracts, Mayor Garcetti voices concerns about cable merger

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown welcomed Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to California with a reception in downtown Los Angeles. "His visit follows a recent trade mission to Mexico by Gov. Jerry Brown, who has promised to have the two governments work more closely on immigration, climate change, energy and trade issues. Mexico, which last year was the recipient of $23.9 billion of California's exports, is the state's largest trade partner," per the Los Angeles Times.

LAUSD officials will rebid the district's iPad program after internal emails showed the procurement process may have been corrupted, reports KPCC. "L.A. Unified’s technology project is poised to be the largest school expansion in the country, equipping 650,000 students with computers and upgrading wifi networks at the district’s 800 schools. The project is expected to cost $1.3 billion," according to the station.

Mayor Eric Garcetti sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission voicing concerns about the Comcast-Time Warner merger, reports the Daily News. "The mayor wrote that he is also concerned about the access to programming for consumers, as well as its impact on innovation and keeping an open Internet," per the newspaper.

Los Angeles could start issuing citations for quality of life "annoyances" like public urination and taking dogs off of their leashes, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We have a lot of quality-of-life issues that don't get enforced," said Councilman Paul Koretz. Fines would start at $100.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris was married Friday at the courthouse in Santa Barbara, reports the Sacramento Bee. Harris married fellow attorney Douglas Emhoff, the partner in charge of the law firm Venable LLP's Los Angeles office.

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