Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: New wages for hotel workers, a complaint about LAFD recruitment, a look at Jewish leadership in Los Angeles

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The Los Angeles City Council approved a new minimum wage for hotel workers Wednesday. It will be the highest minimum wage in the country will it takes effect next summer.

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

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The Los Angeles City Council approved the country's highest minimum wage Wednesday for hotel employees. Beginning next summer, large hotels will have to pay their employees $15.37 per hour. Smaller hotels will be impacted starting in 2016. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Labor groups have created an independent expenditure campaign for Sheila Kuehl, who is running for the Board of Supervisors against Bobby Shriver, reports KPCC. The group has raised $362,000 from just five donations. A pro-business super PAC supported Shriver has raised about the same amount.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAUSD superintendent's review, minimum wage for hotel workers, complaints about noisy helicopters

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The LAUSD Board of Education is reviewing Superintendent John Deasy's work from the past year.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's annual review follows months of controversy, from iPads to attendance problems, reports KPCC. "As ever, he is a lightning rod: The teachers union is calling for Deasy's resignation; his supporters are placing the blame on the board," according to the station.

A Los Angeles Times editorial questions why city officials are singling out hotel employees for a minimum wage of $15.37/hour ahead of Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposal to increase wages for all workers. "It's been clear for months that the proponents of the wage on the council have no desire to have a real debate on the merits of raising pay just for hotel workers. Instead, they've ignored unfavorable economic studies, tuned out valid industry concerns and overridden their own existing laws in an effort to enact what is in fact bad public policy," according to the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Neel Kashkari attends state convention, Paul Tanaka says he's still in the race, what if you could text 911?

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Republican Neel Kashkari attended this weekend's state Republican convention.

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

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian considers a run for city council and a councilman says "let it go" when it comes to the NFL.

The Sacramento Bee looks at Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari's performance at the party's state convention this weekend. "Kashkari was more warmly received. The crowd stood and applauded, but its optimism – and Kashkari’s – belied the demographics of an organization that has withered in California, becoming older and more conservative in recent decades as the electorate has become more liberal and diverse," according to the piece.

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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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