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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti pushes new minimum wage, City Hall settles sexual harassment lawsuit, what's the future for ride-sharing companies?

Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a new minimum wage proposal next week.
Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a new minimum wage proposal next week.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to announce a proposal next week that would increase the city's minimum wage to more than $13/hour, according to the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and LA Weekly. "Businesses will have to address the increased costs. They will either increase their price or lay people off or move their business," said Stuart Waldman with the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

The city of Los Angeles will pay $75,000 to a former aide to Councilman Mitch Englander who sued the city and alleged she had been sexually harassed in the office, reports the Los Angeles Times. In her lawsuit, the former aide alleged the councilman suggested she was interested in public safety so "she could walk into the fire stations and be naked in front of the male firefighters." Englander has maintained that the allegations were false.

Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Republican candidate for state controller, is holding off on endorsing her party's candidate for governor, Neel Kashkari, reports Capitol Alert. "Am I going to vote for him? You know, I’m still evaluating the candidates," she said.

Beverly Hills police are apologizing for wrongfully arresting an African-American producer last Friday, believing he was responsible for a nearby bank robbery. Charles Belk was not a suspect in the robbery. Instead, he says, he was in Beverly Hills at a pre-Emmys gifting suite, reports KPCC.

Which Way, LA? looks at a state bill to regulate ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.

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