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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD report on nepotism, money in Board of Supervisors race, what caused DWP's pipe to burst?

The Fire Commission will consider a report Tuesday on nepotism within the department.
The Fire Commission will consider a report Tuesday on nepotism within the department.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The water pipe that burst near UCLA Tuesday is just one part of Los Angeles' "infrastructure crisis," Councilman Mitch Englander told the Los Angeles Times. It's unclear whether a plan to speed up the pipe replacement project would result in higher water rates. "If I were there now, I'd be knocking on the mayor's door with a program for massive acceleration of pipe replacement," said former DWP General Manager David Freeman.

Using animated graphics, KPCC looks at what caused Tuesday's water main break. "The big shock is that anything of this magnitude could happen, short of a major earthquake. It’s unfathomable," said UCLA's Mark Gold.

A report to the Fire Commission calls for an end to nepotism in the Los Angeles Fire Department, reports the Daily News. The report says "that fire officials with relatives applying to join the department be automatically excused from the hiring process as well make sure that there is no contact between relatives and those who rate the candidates," per the paper.

The Los Angeles News Group sued the state Senate Thursday for refusing to release the calendars of indicted state Sens. Ron Calderon and Leland Yee, reports the Pasadena Star-News. "The public now has an overwhelming interest in knowing who Yee and Calderon were meeting with, what issues they were working on, etc., during the time period covered by the indictments," said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition.

Supervisorial candidates Bobby Shriver and Sheila Kuehl have raised $3.5 million this year in their race for the Board of Supervisors, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Spending in the race could soar in coming months, however, as independent committees that have no fundraising limits give freely to their favored candidates," according to the piece. The election is in November.

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