Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP water bills increase, Target's Hollywood development in trouble, what information should be released in a police shooting?

After Target Lowers Sales Forecast, Shares Plummet

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A judge wants Target to stop construction on its new Hollywood location because it violates the city's zoning codes. Attorneys for the store say they were encouraged by then-Councilman Eric Garcetti to build an overly-large, pedestrian-friendly store.

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

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Mayor Eric Garcetti said water rates would not increase in 2014 but the Los Angeles Register reports customers will see their bills go up an average of $6.41 thanks to "pass-through" rate adjustments. "They don’t think the public will understand what a layered cake we’ve got here. Because there’s lots of layers to this cake," according to the deputy director of the Office of Public Accountability.

The Daily News has video of a Central Basin Municipal Water District member driving a car, which wouldn't typically be newsworthy except Art Chacon was recently censured by the board for receiving a monthly car allowance when he hasn't had a driver's license in more than a decade. "(They) have put the ratepayer in a position where they’ve got tremendous liability and could end up having to pay a huge cost if Chacon were to get into an accident, injure somebody while driving illegally and they’re aware of it," according to one open-government activist.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Q&A with DWP's general manager, LA gets a data officer, new campaign rules for water districts

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DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards does a Q&A in the Los Angeles Times with Patt Morrison.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards talks to Patt Morrison at the Los Angeles Times about the challenges facing the utility. "My challenge is, this utility is not skilled at storytelling. These guys, their function is to get the water back on, not to talk," Edwards says.

Mayor Eric Garcetti hired the city's first chief data officer to track information for the DataLA website, reports KPCC. "Data has the power to transform the daily lives of L.A. residents and visitors," said Abhi Nemani.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Residents angry over LAPD shooting, school police reduce offenses, LA focuses on sustainability

Ezell Ford community meeting

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People sit in the pews at Paradise Baptist Church in South LA. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addressed a community meeting about the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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KPCC reports angry residents confronted police Chief Charlie Beck over the death of Ezell Ford. An officer shot and killed Ford Aug. 11. Police say Ford tried to tackle the officer and grabbed for his gun. Ford's family doesn't believe that account. "Angry shouting and catcalls punctuated the meeting as Beck attempted to explain that he could not provide much information about the shooting," per the station.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti talks Olympic bid, LAUSD tackles computer problems, is a Costa Mesa toll lane measure a political stunt?

1984 Olympics

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Mayor Eric Garcetti talked about the city's Olympic bid Monday. Here, Daley Thompson of Great Britain clears the bar during the high jump event of the decathlon at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Voters will not be asked this November whether lawmakers suspended for dishonorable behavior should also have their pay suspended, reports Capitol Alert. The state Senate approved Darrell Steinberg's constitutional amendment in May but the Assembly failed to take it up and place it on the ballot. The move was a response to allegations against Sens. Leland Yee, Ron Calderon and Rod Wright.

Mayor Eric Garcetti outlined the city's Olympic bid Monday, reports the Los Angeles Register. "Our simple pitch for the Olympics is every athlete from around the world has a home-field advantage in Los Angeles," Garcetti said at a luncheon hosted by the  L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Protests at LAPD, reducing ambulance wait times, paying for Made in America festival

Ezell Ford March - 3

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Lavell Ford takes part in a march for his older brother, 25-year-old Ezell Ford. Ford was fatally shot by Los Angeles police on Monday. The march began at West 65th Street where Ford was shot and travelled down South Broadway to LAPD's 77th Division. A second march took place Sunday outside LAPD's downtown headquarters.

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

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Chief Charlie Beck is reappointed, Mayor Eric Garcetti goes one last round with IBEW Local 18, and candidate Elan Carr is named a "young gun."

Hundreds of people rallied outside LAPD headquarters Sunday to protest the police shooting of Ezell Ford, reports the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, KPCC reports on the anger and sadness in the South L.A. neighborhood where Ford was killed. "I remember seeing him lie on the ground, shot dead, handcuffed on his stomach. That's what I remember in my mind," a neighbor told the station.

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