Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor talks economics in Valley, LA Times supports superintendent, what do small business think of the minimum wage?

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Mayor Eric Garcetti told the United Chambers of Commerce Wednesday that the San Fernando Valley is the economic engine of Los Angeles.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti told the United Chambers of Commerce yesterday the San Fernando Valley is the "(economic) engine of the city," reports the Daily News. "The mayor did not break any new ground during his keynote address but continued to stress some of his key initiatives, including raising the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour, making Los Angeles more business friendly and making sure that the youths of today get the proper training for tomorrow’s jobs," per the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Kuehl and Shriver debate, Rod Wright resigns from office, DWP sees peak demand in the heat

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Candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl are two Santa Monica residents running against each other for the Board of Supervisors.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Supervisorial candidates Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver will debate this evening at UCLA, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Kuehl is positioning herself as an experienced state legislator who is ready to tackle issues that frequently come before the Board of Supervisors ... Shriver counters that local government experience is more valuable for the job because it brings a fresh perspective," per the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Support for Prop 46, hidden cost of restricting construction, state senator gets 90 days in jail

Road closure La Cienega Boulevard

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The Los Angeles Times looks at what it costs the DWP to comply with the city's restrictions on road work during rush hour.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti presses the minimum wage issue, Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets honored at Sinai Temple.

KPCC reports that a new USC/LA Times poll finds voters' support for Proposition 46 drops when they hear the details of the ballot measure. Prop 46 would increase the caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and require doctors to undergo drug and alcohol testing. "A ballot initiative is only as strong as its weakest link, and the polling shows that voters’ concerns about medical malpractice are outweighing their eagerness for doctors to be drug tested," said USC's Dan Schnur.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Police union declares impasse, Mayor Garcetti considers business tax, DWP pays UCLA flood claims

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The union that represents LAPD officers says it is at a negotiations impasse with the city.

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

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The L.A. Police Protective League will announce an impasse in negotiations with the city at a news conference this morning. Police officers previously rejected the city's offer because it did not include cost-of-living adjustments or raises. No comment yet from the Mayor's Office.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is considering a ballot measure that would replace the city's business tax, reports the Los Angeles Times. Instead, the mayor thinks businesses could be taxes based on the square footage of their facilities or the size of their workforce. "Garcetti said a measure to rework the tax structure could deliver a boost for businesses worried about the minimum wage proposal," per the newspaper.

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Money in Elections: New top-10 lists call out some of California's biggest political donors

Prop 30 and 38

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A voter walks from the polling place inside Fire Station 38 in Pasadena, California.

Who's making the big money donations to support or oppose California ballot initiatives? KPCC political reporter, Sharon McNary decided to test drive the new lists published online by California's Secretary of State and Fair Political Practices Commission.

A step-by-step journey along the campaign donation trail:


 

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