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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's leadership style, going after pot shops, Crenshaw trees removed for Metro line

The Downtown News takes a look at Mayor Eric Garcetti's low-key leadership style.
The Downtown News takes a look at Mayor Eric Garcetti's low-key leadership style.
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Today is Monday, March 31, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, pressure mounts on IBEW Local 18, former L.A. City Councilwoman Joy Picus gets an award, and former President Bill Clinton schedules a trip to City Hall.

The Downtown News considers Mayor Eric Garcetti's "back to basics" approach to governing. " There is concern that Garcetti could squander this initial opportunity to take charge, opening the door for someone like City Council President Herb Wesson to expand his power base," per the piece.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez spent some time with Controller Ron Galperin in light of last week's court victory to obtain financial records related to Department of Water and Power funds. "This is not about going after IBEW or the DWP. It's about the simple concept of transparency… Everyone has a right to know how their tax and ratepayer dollars are being spent," Galperin says.

The Daily News looks at how the City Attorney's Office is going after landlords in an effort to shut down medical marijuana dispensaries. "The aggressive stance is welcomed by some neighborhood groups, but criticized by property owners, some of whom are paying thousands of dollars in fines and legal fees," according to the newspaper.

The Crenshaw corridor is set to lose more trees. The area saw mature trees chopped down in 2012 to make room for the space shuttle Endeavour and now, trees are coming down for the Metro Crenshaw/LAX line, reports the Los Angeles Times. But Metro says this situation is very different from the shuttle. "We are making a $2-billion investment in the community. We have bent over backward to make this work," according to the project director.

Orange County's toll roads are moving to a cash-less system, reports KPCC. Instead, drivers may continue to use the FasTrak system or sign up to have their licenses plates scanned for payments.  

Seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones joined Twitter over the weekend.



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