Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Economic recovery in Inland Empire, wage boost for minimum wage employees, the fight over public education

San Bernardino International Airport

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A KPCC report looks at the economic recovery in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 13 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell gets a little help from his friends and the LA Area Chamber seeks reports on new minimum wage proposal.

The Los Angeles Times looks at employees who make minimum wage and how they would be impact by Los Angeles' efforts to pay $13.25 per hour by 2017. Of the 567,000 employees who would be impacted by Mayor Eric Garcetti's proposal, most are middle-aged and supporting families. "With its huge population, high poverty rate and high cost of living, Los Angeles is among the nation's most impoverished cities," per the Times.

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Kevin McCarthy channels SNL's 'The Californians' to tweak Obama

Kevin McCarthy version of "The Californians"

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Kristin Wiig and Bill Hader star in "The Californians" sketches on Saturday Night Live

What do you do when you're the number two House Republican and the nation's top Democrat pays a visit to your home state? You've got to hit President Obama over jobs and the economy. A straight-forward press release is the usual response. 

But House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy did it better by adding a humorous twist: he channelled "Saturday Night Live."

McCarthy suggests that "before the President leaves California, he should take a little trip" to the Central Valley where unemployment is high and the Administration’s "harmful water regulatory burdens" leave the region high and dry.

McCarthy then offers specific directions: "He should take Colorado to Lincoln, hop on the 10, go north on the 405 to the 5—get off at Lyons for a double-double from In-n-Out—then take the 5 to the 99 to the 65."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Appointments in Long Beach, an endorsement for Sheila Kuehl, is Jerry Brown still a reformer?

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

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In an op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Stern questions whether Gov. Jerry Brown is still a reformer or whether he's become a roadblock in passing legislation.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 10 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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One of the co-authors of the California Political Reform Act of 1974, Bob Stern, wrote an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle about Gov. Jerry Brown and ethics legislation. "He is much less of a reformer than he was when he was running for governor in 1974. As a reformer, he was innovative and persistent, and railed against a Legislature that wouldn’t enact his reform bills. As governor, he now has become the roadblock to meaningful reforms passed by the Legislature," according to Stern.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: San Gabriel Mountains get designation, LA wants to make parking easier, would Prop 47 be good for public safety?

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Hundreds of supporters came out to a townhall meeting in Baldwin Park to call for the San Gabriel Mountains to be designated as a national monument.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 9 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A Los Angeles City Council committee wants parking signs to be easier to read, saying that too many drivers have had to decipher confusing regulations only to later find a parking ticket on the windshield, reports the Los Angeles Times. The committee also moved to prohibit apps that attempt to sell public parking spaces. "It's the stealing economy masquerading as the sharing economy," said Councilman Mike Bonin.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown hits the airwaves, LA considers a new minimum wage, why are water officials wasting water during California's drought?

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

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Beginning today, Gov. Jerry Brown will appear in campaign television ads but they won't be for his reelection. Instead, he'll urge support for a $7.5 billion water bond and a rainy-day ballot measure.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Four members of the Los Angeles City Council want to increase the minimum wage to $15.25 per hour by 2019. That's a more aggressive approach than what Mayor Eric Garcetti announced back in September. "The $13.25 figure gets most families that are living underneath the poverty line just over the poverty line, but that’s still a precarious position," said Councilman Mike Bonin. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

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