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Maven's Morning Coffee: Support for Prop 46, hidden cost of restricting construction, state senator gets 90 days in jail



The Los Angeles Times looks at what it costs the DWP to comply with the city's restrictions on road work during rush hour.
The Los Angeles Times looks at what it costs the DWP to comply with the city's restrictions on road work during rush hour.
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Today is Monday, Sept. 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti presses the minimum wage issue, Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest member of Congress, and former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets honored at Sinai Temple.

KPCC reports that a new USC/LA Times poll finds voters' support for Proposition 46 drops when they hear the details of the ballot measure. Prop 46 would increase the caps on medical malpractice lawsuits and require doctors to undergo drug and alcohol testing. "A ballot initiative is only as strong as its weakest link, and the polling shows that voters’ concerns about medical malpractice are outweighing their eagerness for doctors to be drug tested," said USC's Dan Schnur.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the hidden costs of banning construction work during rush hour. "A DWP analysis of the rush-hour ban in 2012 concluded that the agency was losing $91,000 every single day because of the restrictions on its crews," Newton writes.

State Sen. Rod Wright was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 1,500 hours of community service for lying about where he lived when he was elected to represent the Inglewood area, reports LAObserved.

Reps. Janice Hahn and Alan Lowenthal penned an op-ed in the Long Beach Press-Telegram about repairing the breakwater between San Pedro and Long Beach harbor. "While the holes in the breakwater remain unrepaired, further storm surges could cause not only further damage to the breakwater, but significant property damage to the port and economic damage to the region and nation by halting or slowing cargo operations," they wrote.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Mike Bonin will announce a $1 million donation from Google to L.A. public schools at 8:30 a.m.

Upcoming Votes

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