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Maven's Morning Coffee: Injuries cost LA taxpayers millions, Neel Kashkari gets profiled, Orange County gives cold shoulder to ethics (updated)



A Los Angeles Times investigation finds the city of Los Angeles paid more than $300 million to injured firefighters and police officers over the past five years.
A Los Angeles Times investigation finds the city of Los Angeles paid more than $300 million to injured firefighters and police officers over the past five years.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina get honored, Councilman Bernard Parks gives advice, and the LA Chamber makes a pilgrimage to City Hall.

A Los Angeles Times investigation found L.A. police officers and firefighters on an injury-leave program cost taxpayers $328 million over the past five years. The salaries those employees receive while on leave are tax-free, meaning the employees actually make more money than if they remained on the job. "Nineteen percent of L.A. police and firefighters took at least one injury leave last year, a rate significantly higher than those of other large local governments," per the Times.

State Controller John Chiang writes in Fox & Hounds that there is more work to be done in bringing transparency to the government. "With strong momentum and an ever-increasing public appetite for transparency, I will continue to look for better uses of technology that make it easier for Californians to engage both in their communities and with their governments," Chiang writes. His post first appeared in California Forward. 

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is profiled by the Washington Post. "It’s absolutely a steep climb, but it’s still doable," Kashkari said of the November race against Gov. Jerry Brown.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton examines how LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's leadership style has created conflict on the school board. "With Deasy, the board traded in complacency for urgency. That's sometimes been rough, but the alternative robbed generations of Los Angeles students of their futures," he writes.

A grand jury report on bringing better ethics to Orange County government was met with a "Thanks, but no thanks," from the Board of Supervisors, reports the Orange County Register. The top recommendation was to create a countywide ethics commission.

Six candidates are running for the Water Replenishment District, including the daughter of former Rep. Mervyn Dymally, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "Politically, the best way to think about the powerful but often under-the-radar board, according to Long Beach consultant Lou Baglietto, is as a baseball farm team," according to the newspaper.

KPCC looks at efforts to get Asian-American voters to participate in elections. "Unlike the recent growth in the Latino  population, due mostly to native births, growth in the nation’s Asian American  population is mostly due to immigration, and language barriers remain an issue," according to the station.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Jose Huizar will announce changes to the city's fire code at 8:30 a.m. The mayor will then participate in the 2014 CityLab Conference beginning at 9:40 a.m.

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