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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti is LA's mayor, West Hollywood performs same-sex marriages, state gax tax increases

Eric Garcetti delivers his speech at his mayoral inauguration ceremony on June 30th, 2013. He is the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles.
Eric Garcetti delivers his speech at his mayoral inauguration ceremony on June 30th, 2013. He is the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles.
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Today is Monday, July 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in Sunday in an inaugural ceremony held on the Spring Street Steps of City Hall. He pledged to be a "back to basics" mayor who would also bring back the local economy. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Daily News

Former Councilwoman (and mayoral candidate) Jan Perry is expected to have a job in the Garcetti Administration, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Twelve years of elected service does not mean the end of her service, mark my words. I’ve got plans for her," the mayor told the crowd at First African Methodist Episcopal Church.

L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson is expected to be reelected as council president tomorrow, reports KPCC.

According to county CEO Bill Fujioka, the son of L.A. County Fire Captain Joe Woyjeck was one of the 19 firefighters who died in an Arizona wildfire.

The city of West Hollywood is deputizing council members and staff to perform same-sex marriages, reports the LA Weekly. Civil ceremonies performed between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. today will be free.

The California Women's Legislative Caucus wants folks to wear pink sneakers in honor of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who last week led a 13-hour filibuster against an abortion bill, according to Capitol Alert.

The state's gas tax increases today to make up for revenue shortfalls, per the Associated Press. The statewide average for a gallon of gas is $4.01.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, city crews clean up City Hall, Valley councilmen celebrate with the community, city unions want Miguel Santana out.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will meet with business leaders at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. From 2-5 p.m., he will hold office hours with Angelenos.

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