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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's agreement with the Owens Valley, billboards for council members, new contribution limits in Long Beach

Water flows through the Owens Valley before it enters the aqueduct intake.
Water flows through the Owens Valley before it enters the aqueduct intake.
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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 21 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The New York Times looks at Los Angeles' long history with the Owens Valley. "In what may be the most startling development yet, the end of one of the great water battles in the West appears at hand: Instead of flooding the lake bed with nearly 25 billion gallons of Los Angeles water every year to hold the dust in place — the expensive and drought-defying stopgap solution that had been in place — engineers have begun to methodically till about 50 square miles of the lake bed, which will serve as the primary weapon to control dust in the valley," according to the piece.

A billboard company seeking a change to the city's restrictions on digital signs is throwing its weight behind six candidates for the L.A. City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. Lamar Advertising has already installed 100 pro-Jose Huizar signs in the councilman's district.

L.A. County is looking to create a website that would include information on crime statistics, budgets and welfare programs, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Our vast trove of data and public records will be readily available in a user-friendly form for the first time," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Long Beach City Council went ahead and increased how much money politicians can receive into their officeholder accounts, reports the Press-Telegram. Council members can now collect as much as $30,000 to spend on travel, food and community programs.

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