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Maven's Morning Coffee: Budgets for LA County and city, UTLA looks to get a new president, an endorsement in the sheriff's race

Los Angeles County and city released their spending plans for fiscal year 2014-15, which starts on July 1.
Los Angeles County and city released their spending plans for fiscal year 2014-15, which starts on July 1.
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Today is Tuesday, April 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti's first budget calls for modest improvements in city services and outlines a path toward reducing the city's business tax. "While we have many highlights, this budget represents a transitional year," the mayor said. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County's $26.1 billion budget includes more than 1,300 new jobs in the Department of Health Services, reports KPCC. The move is intended to help the county prepare for an influx of newly insured patients under the Affordable Health Care Act.

The president of United Teachers Los Angeles is ending his reelection bid, clearing the way for Alex Caputo-Pearl to be the union's next leader, according to the Los Angeles Times. "(Warren) Fletcher emphasized that he had accepted that an incumbent who finished so far back in a primary had little hope of winning a runoff," per the newspaper.

The Daily News endorsed Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell for sheriff. "That new leader must be someone with experience running a law-enforcement agency, a clear eye for problems and the credibility to fix them. Of the seven men running, one has that combination of qualities: Jim McDonnell," according to the Los Angeles News Group.

CurbedLA looks at the loss of rent-controlled apartments in Los Angeles. "Westlake and Hollywood, both neighborhoods with older housing stock and many lower-income renters, have been losing the most rent-controlled units recently," according to the website.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will sign the Zero Waste ordinance at City Hall at 10 a.m.

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