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Maven's Morning Coffee: Rail to LAX, Q&A with secretary of state candidates, reforming the Central Basin water district

The New York Times considers the ongoing to challenge of bringing a public transportation option to LAX.
The New York Times considers the ongoing to challenge of bringing a public transportation option to LAX.
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Today is Tuesday, April 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti and the 2020 Commission get The Economist treatment. "In a city not known for restraint, Mr. Garcetti’s approach can be refreshing. But it is too soon to determine whether it is working. A sterner test than he has yet faced may lie before him, in the form of one of the disasters, natural or man-made, that befall the city from time to time, or a fiscal crunch that could force a hard decision on taxes," per the magazine.

The Sacramento Bee does a Q&A with the candidates running for secretary of state. "We asked the candidates about whether the job ought to be nonpartisan, voter fraud and Cal-Access, the state’s campaign finance database," per the Bee.

Californians can now register to vote online in 10 different languages, reports KPCC. "The Secretary of State selected the 10 languages using criteria under the federal Voting Rights Act that looks at the concentration of voters in counties, and not their overall population in the state," according to the station.

The New York Times considers plans to bring rail to LAX. "It’s one of the notable public-policy failures in Los Angeles over the last quarter-century," said Councilman Mike Bonin.

Over at KCET, DJ Waldie writes about the ongoing problems at the Central Basin Municipal Water District. "The Legislature already has all the tools it needs to reform the Central Basin. But it doesn't have the will," he writes.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will attend funeral services for LAPD Officer Chris Cortijo at 9 a.m.

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