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Maven's Morning Coffee: Improvements at LAX, political aides in Orange County, fiscal oversight for Riverside

The L.A. City Council approved a $961 million contract for work at LAX.
The L.A. City Council approved a $961 million contract for work at LAX.
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 22 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Businessweek sat down with Mayor Eric Garcetti to talk about his leadership style. "Sometimes people mistake ‘grand vision’ for whether or not you pick fights. I’m willing to fight. I’m not going to pick fights unnecessarily and mistake that for a vision. People should never think that the details aren’t part of a grander plan," Garcetti said.

The L.A. City Council approved a $961 million contract that will cover a quarter of LAX's modernization plan, reports the Daily News. "There is not one of us who haven’t been embarrassed by what we see at LAX," said Councilman Mike Bonin. "Today, we destroy those myths."

An oil company, Freeport MacMoRan, says it will not expand operations in South L.A., reports KPCC. "But people living near the site say even if the company has withdrawn its application to expand operations, they’re not done asking questions about why it should be normal for the densely populated Jefferson Park neighborhood," per the station.

Orange County is surveying just how many political aides it takes to run a government, reports the Voice of OC. "While supervisors have historically utilized political aides on their staffs, there’s been less use in departments headed by elected technocrats, such as: Auditor Controller; Clerk Recorder; Assessor; Sheriff; and District Attorney. Now some of these officials are saying they want their share of political aides," according to the website.

In light of Pasadena's recent embezzlement case, Riverside officials are looking to implement greater fiscal oversight, according to the Press-Enterprise. So far, ideas include "changing the finance director’s position to include an auditing role and having that person report to the City Council rather than the city manager," according to the paper.

Actors Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling filmed at L.A. City Hall Wednesday and managed to snap a photo with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, reports TMZ.

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