Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti pushes new minimum wage, City Hall settles sexual harassment lawsuit, what's the future for ride-sharing companies?

Eric Garcetti

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a new minimum wage proposal next week.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a proposal next week that would increase the city's minimum wage to more than $13/hour, according to the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and LA Weekly. "Businesses will have to address the increased costs. They will either increase their price or lay people off or move their business," said Stuart Waldman with the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

The city of Los Angeles will pay $75,000 to a former aide to Councilman Mitch Englander who sued the city and alleged she had been sexually harassed in the office, reports the Los Angeles Times. In her lawsuit, the former aide alleged the councilman suggested she was interested in public safety so "she could walk into the fire stations and be naked in front of the male firefighters." Englander has maintained that the allegations were false.

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

Mexico President-California Visit

Damian Dovarganes/AP

California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, greets Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto during a meeting with Mexican-American community leaders and others in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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

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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.

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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

Garcetti Washington

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Politico says Mayor Eric Garcetti is part of a growing group of local and state Democrats who are breaking with the Obama Administration on federal policy.

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

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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.

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The burning of Washington: a bicentennial the nation's capital is ignoring

British Burn the Capitol

Flickr: Architect of the Capitol

The burning of Washington during the War of 1812 is depicted in a painting that hangs in a corridor of the House side of the United States Capitol.

You'd think a city that shoots off fireworks at the drop of a hat would do something to commemorate the day the British lit it up with fireworks of their own. But you'd be hard pressed to find much happening in Washington this weekend to memorialize the day, during the War of 1812, that British troops marched into town and torched nearly every federal building in the city.

There's a ranger talk, free "Dolley" cake at the Georgetown house that First Lady, Dolley Madison, was forced to evacuate as the British approached the White House, and even a "Flee the British!" 5K run. But that's about it. Both Maryland and Virginia have big commemorations planned, but Washington is mostly choosing to ignore the event that marks an American defeat.

Too bad. It's the perfect opportunity for a town full of government workers to salute the heroism of a pair of its own.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP water bills increase, Target's Hollywood development in trouble, what information should be released in a police shooting?

After Target Lowers Sales Forecast, Shares Plummet

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A judge wants Target to stop construction on its new Hollywood location because it violates the city's zoning codes. Attorneys for the store say they were encouraged by then-Councilman Eric Garcetti to build an overly-large, pedestrian-friendly store.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti said water rates would not increase in 2014 but the Los Angeles Register reports customers will see their bills go up an average of $6.41 thanks to "pass-through" rate adjustments. "They don’t think the public will understand what a layered cake we’ve got here. Because there’s lots of layers to this cake," according to the deputy director of the Office of Public Accountability.

The Daily News has video of a Central Basin Municipal Water District member driving a car, which wouldn't typically be newsworthy except Art Chacon was recently censured by the board for receiving a monthly car allowance when he hasn't had a driver's license in more than a decade. "(They) have put the ratepayer in a position where they’ve got tremendous liability and could end up having to pay a huge cost if Chacon were to get into an accident, injure somebody while driving illegally and they’re aware of it," according to one open-government activist.

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