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Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti Administration in 'beta mode,' Kashkari raises million for campaign, Hollywood money in race to replace Waxman

The LA Weekly suggests the Garcetti Administration is off to a slow start and stuck in
The LA Weekly suggests the Garcetti Administration is off to a slow start and stuck in "beta mode."
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown says the state's pension costs could increase $1.2 billion a year as retired employees live longer, reports Capitol Alert. He wants CalPERS to take immediate action.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari raised $900,000 in the first two weeks of his campaign, according to Capitol Alert. "The sum is only a fraction of the roughly $17 million Brown had on hand as of Dec. 31. But it is more than twice what Tim Donnelly, the other Republican in the race, raised all of last year," per the piece.

The Hollywood Reporter considers how the giants of the entertainment industry will impact the race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman. Also, L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield pens an op-ed for the Jewish Journal on what he learned from Waxman.

The LA Weekly suggests Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration is off to a slow start at City Hall. "His biggest achievement so far is a new contract with Department of Water and Power workers, which freezes wages for three years. That's a genuine success, but aside from that — and with due respect to his performance website — it's hard to point to anything of great substance," according to the piece.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times writes that by appearing on a country radio station, Mayor Eric Garcetti and his wife Amy Elaine Wakeland crossed a "cultural divide." "He might be a liberal Democrat who hails from a hip Silver Lake neighborhood. But Garcetti was in a decidedly red-state frame of mind Wednesday as he spent an hour on the radio paying tribute to country music," per the Times.

Where do Angelenos run? The Atlantic Cities maps it out.

Tweet of the Day goes to one of KPCC's own.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will hold public office hours in Pacoima at 10:30 a.m.

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