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Maven's Morning Coffee: Trash in Central Valley, Public Works president on leave, possible parcel tax for LA County

The Los Angeles Times analysis Southern California's garbage, which is trucked up to the Central Valley.
The Los Angeles Times analysis Southern California's garbage, which is trucked up to the Central Valley.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The president of the Board of Public Works is seeking treatment after police found her young daughter unattended at City Hall around midnight a few weeks back. Andrea Alarcon is on paid leave from her post while the District Attorney investigates allegations of child endangerment, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Residents in the Central Valley are sick and tired of getting Southern California's garbage, reports the Los Angeles Times. "A Times analysis of state recycling data shows that more than 60% of all non-agricultural compost in the state winds up in the region, which is home to just 14% of the population," according to the newspaper.

Southern California's freshmen representatives are getting to know the DC press corps, reports KPCC. L.A. City Councilman and Rep-elect Tony Cardenas called reporters' questions in DC "a bit disappointing."

Los Angeles County is considering a parcel tax to help clean up urban runoff, according to the Daily News. For single-family homes, that pencils out to $54 a year. Objections may be filed until Jan. 15, 2013.

Independent expenditures could lift spending caps in the L.A. mayor's race, according to KPCC. "As soon as independent groups — alone or combined — spend $309,000 for or against a single candidate, the city lifts the spending limits on all candidates in the mayor's race. And they can keep the matching funds."

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, former Mayor Richard Riordan goes on the defensive, the L.A. City Council stands up for elephants, and UTLA looks to the Board of Education elections.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the work of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. "Deasy's record at encouraging innovation on campuses may be the greatest testament to his leadership thus far," Newton writes.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in away on a trade and tourism trip to South America.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

10 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1060


Tweet of the Day goes to a mayoral spokesman making the rounds at the mall.

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