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Maven's Morning Coffee: A minimum wage proposal for LA, Assembly Republicans get a new leader, LAFD could get new chief

The Coalition of LA City Unions wants city employees and contractors to make $15/hour.
The Coalition of LA City Unions wants city employees and contractors to make $15/hour.
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Today is Wednesday, July 2, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles unions want to raise the minimum wage for city employees and contractors to $15/hour, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Besides the $15 minimum, the (Coalition of L.A. City Unions) also wants to curb outsourcing of city work and ensure that part-time workers are assigned enough hours to qualify for health benefits," per the Times. The wage issue was also discussed on Which Way, LA?

The Los Angeles City Council approved Seleta Reynolds as the new general manager for the Department of Transportation, according to the Los Angeles Register. "We want them to (travel) at human speed so that when people make mistakes, we have a system that forgives, so that those mistakes don’t result in deaths," Reynolds said during her confirmation hearing.

City News Service reports that interim fire Chief Jim Featherstone applied to be the permanent leader of the LAFD. A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said he'll name a permanent chief some time this month.

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be the new leader of Assembly Republicans, reports Capitol Alert. The transition will take place after the November elections.

A new Field Poll finds a majority of Californians are dissatisfied with the income distribution in the state, reports Capitol Alert. "Voters are politically divided over what the state should be doing to address the gap between the rich and everyone else, which they tend to agree is greater than in the past," according to the website.

It's now easier to see which candidates or campaigns are buying political ads on television, reports KPCC. "Two years ago the FCC began a pilot program requiring the four big TV networks in the 50 largest media markets — including Los Angeles — to  post their political ad sales data online.The FCC program is now expanding to include all broadcast TV stations in all markets," according to the station.

Six former and current sheriff's deputies were found guilty of trying to obstruct a federal investigation into corruption in Los Angeles County jails, reports KPCC. The deputies were specifically "accused of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in an alleged plot to hide a jail inmate working as an FBI informant and intimidate an FBI agent by threatening her arrest," per the station.

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