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Maven's Morning Coffee: Film tax program may expand, LA considers an election lottery, is there an active earthquake fault in Hollywood?

The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to expand the state's film tax credit program to $400 million.
The Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to expand the state's film tax credit program to $400 million.
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Today is Friday, Aug. 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


An official with the state Mining and Geology Board finds there is not an active earthquake fault under several Hollywood developments, including the Millennium Hollywood skyscrapers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The findings will be sent to the state geologist. "The state's map has been the subject of much debate because it placed the Hollywood fault zone through the iconic Capitol Records tower and Millennium project, where a developer plans to build Hollywood's tallest skyscrapers, at 39 and 35 stories tall," per the Times.

The state Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to expand California's film tax credit program to $400 million, reports Variety. The bill "would go a long way toward stemming the flight of production from the region, bringing it close to the level offered by the state of New York. But it is still uncertain if (Gov. Jerry) Brown will agree to such an amount," according to the piece.

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Loyola Law Professor Jessica Levinson questions what harm would have been caused by keeping Proposition 49 on the November ballot. Prop 49 was an advisory measure asking Congress should overturn the Citizens United court decision on campaign money. "It seems unlikely that voters would be particularly befuddled by the advisory nature of Proposition 49. Nor would the short measure lead to overcrowding of the ballot," she writes.

The Ethics Commission wants the L.A. City Council to look into providing cash prizes to Angelenos who vote in local elections, reports KPCC. The goal is to increase voter turnout, which was just 23 percent in last year's mayoral election.

Which Way, LA? talks about WiFi in city parks and the low turnout in Tuesday's school board election.

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