Maven's Morning Coffee: Problems protecting Metro, the plan to split up California, supervisorial race could be state's leading "political duel"

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Today is Monday, July 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the police union campaigns for a new contract, Councilman Bob Blumenfield names a park, and does Mayor Eric Garcetti have plans for higher office?

An audit obtained by the Los Angeles Register finds deficiencies in the Sheriff's Department's policing of Metro. "Auditors made 50 recommendations to correct or improve deficiencies in nearly every performance area, including staffing, billing, strategic planning, communications, oversight and achievement of goals," according to the newspaper.

The Daily News finds the Department of Water and Power often takes too long to repair broken electrical equipment. "The agency took an average of nearly nine months to repair these electrical defects, despite an internal policy requiring they be completed within a month," according to the newspaper.

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters calls the race between Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl the state's "most interesting political duel." "The stage is set for a high-decibel shootout in November with the kind of financing and strategizing more typical of a statewide race, complete with two veteran campaign managers, Bill Carrick for Shriver and Parke Skelton for Kuehl," he writes.

Loyola Law Professor Jessica Levinson considers the proposal to split California into six states. "The fact that people feel disconnected from their state legislators (to the extent they even know who their legislators are) is no surprise. When constituents and voters feel disengaged, legislators can become less accountable and responsive," she writes at Fox & Hounds.

Congratulations to L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin who married Sean Arian over the weekend.

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