Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Appointments in Long Beach, an endorsement for Sheila Kuehl, is Jerry Brown still a reformer?

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

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In an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Stern questions whether Gov. Jerry Brown is still a reformer or whether he's become a roadblock in passing legislation.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 10 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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One of the co-authors of the California Political Reform Act of 1974, Bob Stern, wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about Gov. Jerry Brown and ethics legislation. "He is much less of a reformer than he was when he was running for governor in 1974. As a reformer, he was innovative and persistent, and railed against a Legislature that wouldn’t enact his reform bills. As governor, he now has become the roadblock to meaningful reforms passed by the Legislature," according to Stern.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: San Gabriel Mountains get designation, LA wants to make parking easier, would Prop 47 be good for public safety?

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Hundreds of supporters came out to a townhall meeting in Baldwin Park to call for the San Gabriel Mountains to be designated as a national monument.

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

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A Los Angeles City Council committee wants parking signs to be easier to read, saying that too many drivers have had to decipher confusing regulations only to later find a parking ticket on the windshield, reports the Los Angeles Times. The committee also moved to prohibit apps that attempt to sell public parking spaces. "It's the stealing economy masquerading as the sharing economy," said Councilman Mike Bonin.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown hits the airwaves, LA considers a new minimum wage, why are water officials wasting water during California's drought?

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

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Beginning today, Gov. Jerry Brown will appear in campaign television ads but they won't be for his reelection. Instead, he'll urge support for a $7.5 billion water bond and a rainy-day ballot measure.

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

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Four members of the Los Angeles City Council want to increase the minimum wage to $15.25 per hour by 2019. That's a more aggressive approach than what Mayor Eric Garcetti announced back in September. "The $13.25 figure gets most families that are living underneath the poverty line just over the poverty line, but that’s still a precarious position," said Councilman Mike Bonin. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's Back to Basics, a Republican candidate's appeal to independents, what does Prop 45 mean for voters?

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The Los Angeles Times says Mayor Eric Garcetti's slow and steady "back to basics" approach is working at City Hall.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 6 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Controller Ron Galperin looks at the city's spending and California considers how much it could make by legalizing marijuana.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton declares Mayor Eric Garcetti's "Back to Basics" approach is working at City Hall. "It seemed to some — including me — that this approach, while important, also allowed him to duck larger challenges of leadership in favor of smaller, easier-to-achieve management practices. Fifteen months later, you have to hand it to Garcetti: His way is working," according to the piece.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mental health care in jails, new regulation for OC Water District, negotiations between UTLA and LAUSD

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The U.S. Department of Justice will order a consent decree to oversee mental health care in L.A. County jails.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 3 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The U.S. Department of Justice is moving ahead with a consent decree to address mental health care in Los Angeles County jails, reports the Los Angeles Times. The plan would be overseen by a judge and would likely cost the county millions of dollars. "The federal government is saying that they're throwing ... their hands up. In other words, they've given you every chance to improve up, and you've failed to do so," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

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