Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Impact of minimum wage proposal, LAUSD suspends travel, debate over development in Malibu

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Claudia Chi Ku braids the hair of her daughter, Leslie Soriano, 11, as her other children play outside of their apartment in Pico Union. Chi Ku supports her family while working as a cashier at a restaurant in the neighborhood.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 29 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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As the city of Los Angeles studies the impact of increasing the minimum wage, KPCC talked to a minimum wage employee and employer to see how their lives could changes under the proposal.

KPCC considers the environmental impact of your vote for state controller. The controller sits on the State Lands Commission, which means either Betty Yee or Ashley Swearengin will have a say over fracking, coastal access and Malibu's Broad Beach.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jim McDonnell's tenure in Long Beach, ballot measures in Irvine, new plants at Getty House

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The Los Angeles Times considers what Jim McDonnell would be like as the next sheriff of L.A. County.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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

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The Los Angeles Times considers how Jim McDonnell's tenure as Long Beach police chief may be a preview of his style as the next sheriff of Los Angeles County. "My goal has been to police in a constitutional manner, to be respectful, to solve problems instead of addressing symptoms, to be compassionate. We're often dealing with people on the worst day of their lives," McDonnell said.

The Orange County Register breaks down two measure on the city of Irvine's ballot. Measure V would require fiscal transparency for the Great Park and Measure W would create term limits for city council members and the mayor.

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Last day to request a mail-in ballot: How to make sure it gets counted

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Sample ballots for Los Angeles County are finished and ready to be packaged for shipment. The Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder-Clerk mails millions each election.

Since 2012, a majority of California's voters have been voting by mail. But a rising percentage of those ballots are not being counted because the envelopes arrive too late or have invalid signatures.

The rate of rejected mail-in ballots is at a record high level for California, said Mindy Romero,  director of the California Civic Engagement Project at UC Davis. A study by the Pew Center  said California has one of the nation's higher rates for rejected mail-in ballots.

Romero's study of voter data found that 1 percent of mail-in ballots were rejected in the November 2012 presidential election. That percentage rose to 2.9 percent in the June 2014 primary, when about 91,000 votes that were not counted.

Those votes would have made a difference in the very close race to get into the controller's runoff, where the top two places were decided by just 481 votes.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown's new ad, future of Anaheim's elections, spending in a state Senate race

Gov. Brown Unveils Offical Gubernatorial Portrait Of Former Governor Schwarzenegger

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A new campaign ad from Gov. Jerry Brown will start airing Monday. The piece is still a pitch for Propositions 1 and 2, rather than the governor's reelection campaign.

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

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A new campaign ad from Gov. Jerry Brown highlights the state's progress since he took office. However, the ad still makes a pitch for Propositions 1 and 2, rather than Brown's reelection campaign, according to the Sacramento Bee. " With just more than a week before Election Day, Brown still has not mentioned his candidacy for re-election in a TV ad," per the newspaper.

KPCC looks at Anaheim's move from at-large elections to council districts with Measure L. "Anaheim is the largest city in California that still uses an at-large election system. It joins a growing list of California cities that have been sued in the last decade for violations of the California Voting Rights Act," according to the station.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD's response times, control of the Greek Theatre, a supervisorial race in Orange County

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The city's new FireStat system finds the Los Angeles Fire Department's 911 response times have not improved.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 24 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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New data shows there has not been any progress in reducing the LAFD's 911 response times, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Taken together the new statistics estimate it takes, on average, a little more than six minutes and 30 seconds from the moment a 911 call is answered at the LAFD's call center downtown until the first unit arrives at a medical emergency citywide," per the Times.

Live Nation is now the frontrunner to operate the Greek Theatre thanks to a vote by the Recreation and Parks Commission. The concert promoter was selected over Nederlander, which has run the music venue for almost 40 years. The final decision will be up to the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

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