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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD's unchecked fingerprints, LA's broken sidewalks

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LAPD detectives are waiting on fingerprint results in 2,200 cases because of staffing shortages in the department.

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Today is Monday, July 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Fingerprints in more than 2,200 cases have gone unchecked because of staffing shortages in the Los Angeles Police Department, reports the Los Angeles Times. Detectives now wait two to three months to get results back on prints. "It's not as sexy as DNA … cases. There's no advocacy groups drawing attention to it. But it's no less important. We could solve a lot of crimes if we had more people," said the commanding officer of LAPD's crime labs.

The Daily News looks at a proposed state bill that would make cities -- not homeowners -- responsible for fixing broken sidewalks. The bill is backed by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, who is running for the L.A City Council. Between 2000 and 2009, the city of Los Angeles spent $95 million to fix 550 miles of sidewalks.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Chicago asks for L.A.'s help in fighting gangs, Councilman Dennis Zine uses his birthday to raise campaign funds, and Politico says Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is a top politician to watch.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at how to create jobs in Southern California -- accelerate local rail projects, expand LAX and the port, lower business taxes, get federal help.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the keynote address at the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge Energy Leadership Summit at the L.A. Athletic Club at 11:30 a.m. At 3 p.m., the mayor will attend the opening of the Reseda Park pool.

Meetings

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Announcements

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