Politics, government and public life for Southern California

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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Maven's Morning Coffee: Film tax program may expand, LA considers an election lottery, is there an active earthquake fault in Hollywood?

Schwarzenegger Holds Press Conference On Passing Of California Budget

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The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to expand the state's film tax credit program to $400 million.

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

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An official with the state Mining and Geology Board finds there is not an active earthquake fault under several Hollywood developments, including the Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The findings will be sent to the state geologist. "The state's map has been the subject of much debate because it placed the Hollywood fault zone through the iconic Capitol Records tower and Millennium project, where a developer plans to build Hollywood's tallest skyscrapers, at 39 and 35 stories tall," per the Times.

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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

LAUSD ELECTION 00

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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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