Politics, government and public life for Southern California

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson wants to bring private labor talks into the open with public hearings. Separately, the LA Weekly reports its request for general managers' memos was denied.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to make the city's general managers reapply for their jobs and submit detailed memos on the state of their departments -- and the whole process was suppose to be open to the public. But when the LA Weekly tried to get copies of those memos, the paper was denied. "We are conducting a real process. This process isn't about putting on a show... This is a real, sober and serious analysis," the mayor's spokesman said.

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DWP contract talks will come out from behind closed doors

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson sent a letter Thursday to Mayor Eric Garcetti and the union representing DWP workers, telling them he plans to hold public hearings on labor negotiations.

In an unusual move, the president of the Los Angeles City Council took steps Thursday to move private contract negotiations with the Department of Water and Power's powerful union into the public sphere. 

Council President Herb Wesson sent a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti and Brian d'Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, announcing plans to hold public hearings on a proposed contract for more than 8,200 DWP employees.

The union's current contract does not expire until fall of 2014, but city leaders hope to have a deal in place by the end of September that would delay pay raises in the current contract that would take effect on Oct. 1. Adding to the time crunch is a lawsuit between the city and utility's two pension funds; the proposed contract would settle that case. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's failed streets, pay day for Santa Ana city manager, a push for non-partisan presidential primaries

LA Mayor And Sen. Boxer Hold News Conference Asking Congress To Pass Legislation Funding Road Projects

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The Los Angeles City Council is getting ready to heard debate on a $3 billion bond proposal that would fix the city's failed streets. The current policy is not to repair a street once it has reached the F grade.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A proposed $3 billion bond to fix Los Angeles' failing streets is making its way through City Hall, according to the Daily News. The Los Angeles City Council is expected to look at 26 different items that would be a part of the program.

The new city manager of Santa Ana will be one of the highest paid public employees in California, reports the Los Angeles Times. David Cavazos will receive a total compensation package worth $558,625 in his first year of employment.

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LA City Council President: No DWP deal by Friday

City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson says "a significant amount of people" believe the DWP's union contract offer is "an unbelievable deal."

Despite a threat from a union boss that a new contract with the Department of Water and Power must be in place by the end of the week, the president of the Los Angeles City Council said Wednesday that City Hall will move at its own pace. 

City leaders are negotiating a new four-year contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, which represents almost 90 percent of DWP employees. The new contract does not take effect until late next year, but IBEW boss Brian D'Arcy wants a deal now because the union's current contract includes a pay raise this October. Under the DWP's proposal, its employees would forego that raise until 2016, when they would be given a four percent bump.

d'Arcy told the Daily News he wants to see a new deal in place by Friday or else he will pull the offer to forgo raises. According to City Council President Herb Wesson, that's not going to happen. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: 911 system fails, DWP wants its new contract, Whittier sued over elections

Los Angeles Fire Department Engine

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Los Angeles' 911 system failed repeatedly in July, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Los Angeles' 911 system went down repeatedly in the month of July, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Our general dispatch system, both in the human architecture, the technological architecture and the systems themselves, needs a serious upgrade," says Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The head of the union representing Department of Water and Power employees wants the city to approve a new contract by Friday, according to the Daily News. Mayor Eric Garcetti has publicly said he does not like the deal that is on the table, and council President Herb Wesson told the newspaper he needs more time to brief the new council members on the proposal.

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