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Maven's Morning Coffee: Increasing wages in West Hollywood and Santa Monica, an endorsement for state superintendent, a look inside the Hall of Justice

Cities like West Hollywood and Santa Monica are considering proposals to increase the minimum wage.
Cities like West Hollywood and Santa Monica are considering proposals to increase the minimum wage.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The cities of West Hollywood and Santa Monica are considering whether to increase their minimum wages in the wake of Los Angeles' proposal to increase wages to $13.25 by 2017, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The timing couldn't be better because it's clear that there will be some action, at some point, in Los Angeles.... The more the region works together to improve wages for people, the better," said West Hollywood Councilwoman Abbe Land.

Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed Tom Torlakson for reelection as state superintendent, reports the Sacramento Bee. "A Field Poll released on Tuesday showed Torlakson trailing (Marshall) Tuck by three percentage points among likely voters, with more than 40 percent still undecided," per the piece. Tuck led former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's Partnership for LA Schools for six years.

DTLA Rising has pictures from inside the Hall of Justice, which once served as the headquarters for the sheriff, coroner and district attorney. The building, which was red-tagged after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, is expected to reopen in 2015.

UCLA's Anderson School of Management finds that while Los Angeles is adding jobs, its economic recovery is not keeping pace with other large cities, reports KPCC. "Los Angeles still has a long ways to go. There's nothing to celebrate about," according to one UCLA economist.

L.A. City Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell and Mike Bonin introduced a resolution asking the federal government to lift its ban on blood donated by gay and bisexual men, reports Wehoville. "It’s about time we lift the stigma associated with HIV and free our culture of ignorance regarding this disease," O'Farrell said.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the LAFD's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m.

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