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Today is Friday, Aug. 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it clear he does not like the deal that's on the table with the Department of Water and Power's union. Now, he says he won't sign the deal as is, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The voters of Los Angeles have been clear — they want fundamental DWP reform and so do I," Garcetti says.
In preparation for this morning's public hearing on the DWP contract, Controller Ron Galperin released data on just how much utility employees make, reports the Daily News. In the first six months of 2013, DWP paid out $77 million in overtime.
The Board of Fire Commissioners is getting four new members, reports KPCC. Fire Commissioner (and former police commissioner) Alan Skobin will leave the panel to be an advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti on the LAFD's technological issues.
The California Public Utilities Commission has given the Metro Expo Line's second phase the green light, reports LA Streetsblog. "When completed, the Expo Line will connect Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica via Downtown Culver City, a cool 15.3 mile light rail line," per the site.
Which Way, LA? talks about the sheriff's race and the state's new law for transgender students.
- LA City Council: Members of the Budget and Environment committees will hold a public hearing on a proposed contract with DWP employees (10 a.m.)
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