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Maven's Morning Coffee: San Bernardino's decline, Q&A with Tom LaBonge

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A Daily News article looks at how the city of San Bernardino declines over a 30-year period.

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Today is Monday, July 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Daily News looks at the long decline of San Bernardino. "The slide began in 1983, when the Kaiser Steel Mill shut down, idling more than 8,000 workers ... The opening of the 15 Freeway drew traffic and commerce away from the city, and subsequent closures - the Santa Fe Depot in 1992 and Norton Air Force Base in 1994 - cost tens of thousands more jobs," according to the newspaper.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the California Film Commission is pushing a "model ordinance" to keep production in the state and the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association pulls in $1.1 million in its latest fundraiser.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton muses on when media should consider someone a serious candidate for office. In this case, the conversation was prompted by mayoral candidate Kevin James.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge did a Q&A with Sherman Oaks Patch about planning and land use issues. "If you look back at what Los Angeles has done wrong, you see we should have had the Green Line into the airport, the Red Line deeper into the Valley. We should never have lost the Red Car. We’re trying to play makeup," he told the site.

Former San Fernando City Councilman Mario Hernandez no longer wants to pursue the domestic violence case against his girlfriend, Councilwoman Maribel de la Torre, reports KPCC. Hernandez told reporters he believes the investigation was compromised when investigating officers posted about the two on their Facebook accounts.

Meetings

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Announcements

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