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Maven's Morning Coffee: Q&A with DWP's general manager, LA gets a data officer, new campaign rules for water districts

DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards does a Q&A in the Los Angeles Times with Patt Morrison.
DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards does a Q&A in the Los Angeles Times with Patt Morrison.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards talks to Patt Morrison at the Los Angeles Times about the challenges facing the utility. "My challenge is, this utility is not skilled at storytelling. These guys, their function is to get the water back on, not to talk," Edwards says.

Mayor Eric Garcetti hired the city's first chief data officer to track information for the DataLA website, reports KPCC. "Data has the power to transform the daily lives of L.A. residents and visitors," said Abhi Nemani.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas nominated Alex Johnson for the county's Board of Education, just one week after Johnson lost his bid for the LAUSD Board of Education, reports LA School Report. "Johnson told reporters he has made a commitment 'to serve the second district,' which is Ridley-Thomas’s. 'That’s my focus right now.' But he dodged a question about whether he would run for the LA Unified board seat he just lost, when it’s up again next year," according to the site.

Elected members of water district boards would not be allowed to accept more than $250 from a vendor with business pending before the district under a new state law, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Given the scandals in my backyard with the Central Basin (water district), this was important to me," said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.

A Los Angeles Times op-ed from historian Nancy Cohen considers how to get more women into the state Legislature. "Why should you care if your representatives are men or women, as long as they share your views and are competent? Most importantly, because fair representation is a fundamental principle of democracy," she writes.

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