Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Sacramento proposes a water bond, LA wants to stop watering lawns, Southern California's mountain lions in danger

LA Mayoral Candidates Go To The Polls On Election Day

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A $7.5 billion water bond will appear on the November ballot.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The November ballot will include a $7.5 billion water bond to boost the state's water supply and infrastructure, reports the Sacramento Bee. The bond is a compromise between state lawmakers after some feared voters would not support a previously proposed $11 billion bond. The new bond has significantly less money for Delta restoration.

The Los Angeles Times tags along with Supervisor Gloria Molina to a meeting of her quilting group. "People who know Molina only from her tough political persona are often startled to learn about her hobby," according to the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: George McKenna elected to school board, LA City Council takes on fight with DWP union, Mayor Garcetti travels to Sacramento

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Geoffrey Bowyer votes at Angeles Mesa Elementary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District run-off election between George McKenna and Alex Johnson for the board of education seat in District 1.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Veteran educator George McKenna won a seat on the LAUSD Board of Education in a special election Tuesday, reports KPCC. A coalition led by Rep. Maxine Waters had asked the school board to appoint McKenna back in December when the seat became vacant. Instead, the school board pushed for a multimillion-dollar special election. McKenna will be up for reelection next March, per the LA Weekly.

The L.A. City Council is trying to resolve a dispute between City Hall officials and the Department of Water and Power's powerful union. The disptue is over financial audits of two nonprofits funded by the utility and jointly run by the DWP and IBEW Local 18. "There is no more time to waste on petty political fights," said Councilman Paul Krekorian. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC

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Kendrec McDade: Pasadena to withhold part of report on police shooting

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In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot and killed by Pasadena police after they received a false report of an armed robbery.

Pasadena has received an independent review of how police and the city handled the investigation of the 2012 officer-involved shooting death of Kendrec McDade, an unarmed African-American college student. But only portions of the report will be accessible to the public, a city spokesman said.

McDade was 19 when city police shot him at close range in a Pasadena alley. The officers were responding to a 911 emergency call from a man who falsely claimed he had been robbed at gunpoint. The man's laptop had been taken from his car while the owner had stepped away, but neither McDade nor the 17-year-old teen who admitted taking the computer had a gun.

The police, the District Attorney and the FBI investigated, all concluding that the officers should not be prosecuted. The latest report comes from Michael Gennaco of OIR Group, a private consulting company that analyzes officer-involved shootings for local governments.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Chief Beck is up for reappointment, Jose Huizar raises lots of reelection cash, and is high-speed rail the future of California?

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The Police Commission will decide today whether to give Chief Charlie Beck a second five-year term.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Police Commission will consider Chief Charlie Beck's reappointment this morning. It comes as the civilian panel is also investigating whether LAPD may have misreported violent crime statistics in the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. "More than two dozen current and retired LAPD officers told The Times that crimes are sometimes misclassified deliberately because of a relentless pressure to produce ever-lower crime statistics," according to the piece. LAObserved as a complete recap on coverage of the LAPD's crime statistics.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Kevin James defends City Hall, LAUSD prepares for special election, does LA need a homeless czar?

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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James was a political outsider who called for City Hall reforms. Now, he finds himself defending the system.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, City Hall plays softball, Sacramento comes to L.A., and Councilman Tom LaBonge celebrates Hollywood.

The president of the Board of Public Works, Kevin James, was once a political outsider but now he finds himself defending City Hall, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Kevin has joined the system. It's distressing to see someone who knows better buying into the idea that we have to protect the system from reform," said Ron Kaye, former editor of the Daily News.

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