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Maven's Morning Coffee: 2020 Commission wants city elections moved, subway funding in jeopardy, will LAX get a people mover?

Federal funding for the subway under Wilshire Boulevard could be in jeopardy.
Federal funding for the subway under Wilshire Boulevard could be in jeopardy.
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Today is Wednesday, May 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC profiles Assistant Sheriff Todd Rogers, a candidate for sheriff. "When (Lee) Baca abruptly resigned in January, he named Rogers as a 'highly qualified' candidate, prompting some to suggest he is too close to the old regime to be a reformer," according to the station.

Members of the L.A. City Council weren't too keen on a recommendation from the 2020 Commission -- move city elections onto the same cycle as federal and state races. Even though just 23 percent of voters turned out for last year's mayoral race, council members said they believed moving the election would not increase turnout and could ultimately increase the influence of special interest. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times reports funding for the subway under Wilshire Boulevard could be in jeopardy. "The proposed spending cut comes after annual public transit ridership last year reached its highest level since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Assn," reports the newspaper.

CurbedLA looks at how LAX might get a people mover to connect to the Metro system. "LAWA is looking at having a (people mover) with two or four stops at LAX; the former would require passengers walk farther, but cost about a billion less and take few years less to build," according to the website.  

Federal authorities rejected California's design of a driver's license for undocumented immigrants, saying it looks too much like a typical license, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The current design does not differ from other California licenses except for a subtle mark on the front and a disclaimer on the back in small print: 'This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes'," per the Times.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will greet President Obama at LAX at 4:45 p.m.

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