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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti speaks to teachers, picking sides in race for Board of Supervisors, police union rejects contract

A month after calling the Vergara court decision
A month after calling the Vergara court decision "great," Mayor Eric Garcetti told the American Federation of Teachers he's tired of politicians beating up on teachers.
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Today is Monday, July 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the Richard Alarcon trial, light rail in the Valley, and addressing homelessness among veterans.

Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he thought a court decision challenging teacher tenure laws was "a great decision." However, over the weekend, he told the American Federation of Teachers that he's "sick and tired of hearing our teachers get beat up on by political leaders in this country," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles police union rejected the city's proposed contract extension, reports KPCC. The proposed contract did not include raises for officers. "While (union president Tyler Izen) stressed that no one issue was a deal breaker, he did say the lack of a cost of living adjustment was 'kind of the straw that broke the camel's back in my members' minds'," per the station.

The Los Angeles Times considers how political interests are picking sides in the race between Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, who are running for the Board of Supervisors. "Analysts warned that the importance of endorsements can be overplayed. Voters in the 3rd District, which runs from Hollywood to the Westside to much of the Valley, tend to follow issues closely and don't pay much attention to the backing candidates receive," per the Times.

Assemblyman John Perez's decision to have a recount in the statewide race for controller could hurt the Democrats' chances in November, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. "This is an exercise in ego, and the reality is that if John Pérez had put up a modicum of effort to run this race, which he didn't ... he would have beaten Betty Yee," said Democratic strategist Garry South.

LAist reports L.A. City Councilman Gil Cedillo is going back on a campaign promise to support bicycle lanes on Figueroa Avenue. "Cedillo put out a statement saying that he was 'deferring the implementation of any bike lanes on Figueroa until I can ensure all residents who travel along this corridor will be safe'," per the website.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian penned an L.A. Times op-ed on film tax credits. "We cannot allow the day to come when we look up at the Hollywood sign and belatedly realize that 'Hollywood' has already left," according to the piece.

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