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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's customer service line, solar panels in the Valley, investigation into elected officials' use of political money

An audit from Controller Ron Galperin found problems with the city's 3-1-1 customer service system.
An audit from Controller Ron Galperin found problems with the city's 3-1-1 customer service system.
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Today is Tuesday, May 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The city's 3-1-1 system is expensive and inefficient, according to an audit from Controller Ron Galperin. Its low performance comes even though the call centers are open just a fraction as often as similar systems in other major cities. KPCC, Los Angeles Times

Which Way, LA? considers a plan to install ground-based solar panels in Lakeview Terrace. L.A. City Councilman Felipe Fuentes believes City Hall should have more say in where projects like that are installed.

Reps. Maxine Waters and Grace Napolitano both made an appearance in this 60 Minutes piece on how politicians use PAC money to benefit themselves.

The Los Angeles Register looks at Metro's plans to spend billions of dollars to improve traffic flowing in and out of the San Fernando Valley. "The result will better link Valley residents to each other and connect L.A.’s northernmost regions with the rest of the city," per the newspaper.

Oops -- mailers went out for Kevin De Leon's election to the state Assembly. Too bad he's actually running for reelection in the state Senate. "The vendor has apologized to the senator for the mix-up," a campaign spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.

Mayor Eric Garcetti rode his bicycle to work as part of Bike Week L.A., per LAObserved.



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