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Maven's Morning Coffee: Trial for Richard Alarcon, a new leader at LADOT, a recount in San Bernardino

Former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon is on trial for voter fraud and perjury.
Former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon is on trial for voter fraud and perjury.
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Today is Monday, June 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A Los Angeles Times editorial questions the city's rush to pass a new minimum wage for hotel employees. "It seems premature at best and cynical at worst to begin writing an ordinance without waiting to learn if the policy is a good one," according to the piece.

Former Controller Wendy Greuel may be called as a witness in the voter fraud and perjury case of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, reports the Los Angeles Times. According to a deputy district attorney, "Alarcon had once asked Greuel — when she represented the 2nd District — to agree to shift her boundaries so the Sun Valley home would be in his District 7. Greuel declined." Alarcon is accused of not living in the city council district he was suppose to represent.

Streetsblog LA talked to Seleta Reynolds, Mayor Eric Garcetti's pick to lead the Department of Transportation. "We can’t do it in L.A. the way we did it in San Francisco. We need to always fit the neighborhood and the context," she said.

Two of Los Angeles' environmental policies -- installation of renewable energy and the preservation of open land -- are on a collision course with each other, according to the Los Angeles Times. "As more people plug into the program, critics complain that communities have too little ability to stop vast arrays that clash with the feel of their neighborhoods. Some fret that undisturbed land is at risk," according to the Times.

San Bernardino officials will recount ballots in the congressional race involving Democratic candidate and Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar, Republican front-runner Paul Chabot and third-place finisher Republican Lesli Gooch, reports KPCC. "It's rare for vote recounts to produce changes in election outcomes, but if Gooch were to get into the runoff against Chabot, it would be a repeat of the two-Republican scenario, guaranteeing the Republicans claim on the district for another two years," per the station.

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