Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Duran endorses Shriver in supes race; Kuehl calls that 'disloyal' to gays

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John Duran, pictured above, is expected to endorse Bobby Shriver in the closely watched race for LA County supervisor.

After finishing third in the primary election, West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran threw his support behind Bobby Shriver for a seat on the five-member Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

"I think I'm more closely aligned with Bobby philosophically," Duran said. As an example, he pointed to their shared desire to amend the California Environmental Quality Act to loosen regulations on developers.

"I am honored to have John’s support," Shriver said in a statement.  "We see county government the same way:  Sound fiscal management is key."

The endorsement is significant because Duran captured 16 percent of the vote.  Shriver, 60, the nephew of President John Kennedy and former mayor of Santa Monica, finished second in the primary to former State Senator Sheila Kuehl.

Kuehl beat Shriver 36-29 percent in the primary.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Apps bring transparency to government, sentencing delayed for state senator, Mayor Garcetti reflects on first year

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A 16-year-old created an app that literally highlights donations made to members of Congress.

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, July 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti talked to KPCC's AirTalk about his first year in office. "Back to basics is a larger approach, whether it's the wait time when you call 311, whether it's that we force you to take a day off of work to get a building inspector at your home," he said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti also penned a piece on open data and transparency for the White House blog. "Today’s apps and websites use open data to make cities easier to move around, more sustainable, and more business friendly," he wrote.

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Election 2014: Perez seeks recount in California controller's race to lift him out of 3rd place

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Assembly Speaker John Perez poses for a picture at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012.

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has asked for a recount of ballots cast in 15 California counties, hoping to move himself into second place in the exceptionally close California state controller's race and onto the November general election ballot.

With more than 4 million ballots cast in the primary, Perez landed in third place — 481 votes behind Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, a fellow Democrat. If the recount changes nothing, Yee would face primary the winner, Republican Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, in the November general election.

"Never in California history has the vote difference between two candidates for statewide office been so narrow," Perez said in a statement issued by his campaign. "It is therefore of the utmost importance that an additional, carefully conducted review of the ballots be undertaken to ensure that every vote is counted, as intended."

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Grand Jury says one-third of LA cities failed to adopt better management

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Los Angeles County Grand Jury

The Los Angeles County Grand Jury's annual report said one-third of the county's 88 cities failed to implement better financial management practices it recommended they adopt one year ago.

Some city officials are disputing a new Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury report that 29 of the county's 88 cities failed to implement financial controls it recommended they adopt a year ago. The report, out this week, is intended to help cities avoid the management deficiencies that got Bell city officials into criminal trouble.

It caught several city managers by surprise. Bellflower City Manager Jeff Stewart said he responded to the grand jury's criticisms a year ago with a letter showing it had complied with recommendations.

"I remember when that came out, we took it pretty seriously," Stewart said.

He and Bell Gardens City Manager Philip Wagner disputed the Grand Jury's conclusion that their cities failed to form a committee to oversee its outside auditor.  Both said a committee was not needed because their city council and management teams handle that oversight.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD's union considers contract, Darrell Steinberg looks to the future, will LA finally fix its sidewalks?

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LAPD's rank-and-file officers will consider a new contract with the city that could increase starting salaries and provide more money for overtime.

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 Thursday, July 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The LAPD's union is considering a one-year contract with the city, reports KPCC. The agreement could increase starting salaries and provide more money for overtime. The L.A. Police Protective League declined to comment but did release a video from its president.

L.A. County's interim sheriff wants to delay creation of a civilian oversight committee until the inspector general's office is operating, according to the Los Angeles Times. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said he was "disturbed" by that recommendation. "The Sheriff's Department cannot police itself. That truth is not going to change with the passage of more weeks or more months; it is not going to change even with the advent of a new sheriff," he said.

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