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Maven's Morning Coffee: Influencing City Hall, protest at the ports, what is an infrastructure district?

The Los Angeles Times considers the best way to influence City Hall.
The Los Angeles Times considers the best way to influence City Hall.
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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 20 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti heads to Washington, D.C., Controller Ron Galperin advocates for an app, and a former city clerk says "no thanks" to moving city elections.

The Los Angeles Times considers how special interest groups and regular Angelenos can influence the L.A. City Council. "At City Hall, where personal relationships and high-powered lobbying frequently carry the day, some groups work quietly and politely behind the scenes to achieve their goals. Others, however, favor loud protests and public shaming, saying it's the only way to seriously move the needle," according to the newspaper.

Hundreds of longshore workers are expected to protest on Thursday at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach now that employers have suspended vessel unloading night shifts, reports the Press-Telegram. L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino is expected to participate in the march, saying that the suspension of overnight shifts is a "step closer to a lockout."

L.A. is considering an "infrastructure district" to help finance restoration of the L.A. River, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I've been chomping at the bit for the better part of a decade to identify a permanent source of revenue for improvements along the river. And tax-increment financing can be a very good vehicle for that," said Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.

Four Angelenos will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama tonight for the State of the Union address, reports KPCC. They include an LAPD captain, a community college teacher and someone who went through a training program to work on the new Metro Crenshaw line.

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