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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP billing problems, Hilda Solis asked to testify, will state of Jefferson become a reality?

Customers with the Department of Water and Power continue to have billing problems and long wait times when they call to complain.
Customers with the Department of Water and Power continue to have billing problems and long wait times when they call to complain. Alice Walton/KPCC

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Hollywood Reporter looks at why Mayor Eric Garcetti's office allowed Live Nation's Made in America festival to come together without going through "the usual bureaucratic red tape." "Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino is a highly connected donor to national-level Democratic candidates ... And the skeptics point out that Live Nation's registered city lobbyist, Joshua Perttula, served as an adviser on Garcetti's transition team and remains close to the administration," per the Reporter.

Thousands of customers with the Department of Water and Power are still having billing problems, nearly a year after a new customer service system was installed. That's also led to nearly hour-long wait times on the DWP's hotline. "We have had challenges," said DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

Rep. Darrell Issa wants Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis to testify at a Sept. 9 hearing on whether she violated the Hatch Act during her time as Labor secretary, reports CBS News. Solis is accused of asking a subordinate to donate to President Obama.

Supporters of Northern California's secession will be in Sacramento today to make their case for the state of Jefferson, reports the Sacramento Bee. "What we’re doing is forming standing for a challenge if the state ignores our demands," said Mark Baird, one of the movement's organizers.

Press Conferences

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