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Maven's Morning Coffee: Baca responds to jail abuses, controller investigates Building and Safety, plans for more affordable housing

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Sheriff Lee Baca responds to criticism of the Los Angeles County jail system.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Sheriff Lee Baca responded to criticism of Los Angeles County jails by saying, "I am paid to take criticism, even if it’s unfair," reports KPCC. The jails are currently under investigation by the FBI.

Controller Wendy Greuel will launch an investigation into the billing practices of Building and Safety following customers' complaints that they were overcharged or in some cases under-charged, reports the Daily News. "We will look into it closely and if there are problems, such as overcharging, will take steps to correct it immediately," said Bud Ovrom, general manager of Building and Safety.

KPCC looks at a proposal to build housing for Angelenos who make too much money for subsidized housing but not enough to rent or own luxury units preferred by developers. "You want to bring the workforce back toward the employment centers. We need to lower the economic cost of getting workers from point A to point B," according to UCLA's Paul Habibi.

A Los Angeles Times editorial calls for a no on Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered food to be labeled as such. "If consumers make it clear to the food industry that they don't want genetically engineered food, the market will respond — but with higher prices as well as less high-tech products," according to the newspaper.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will talk about CicLAvia at the Exposition Park Rose Garden at 11:30 a.m. At 1 p.m., he will give the keynote address at the Los Angeles Business Council Mayoral Sustainable Housing, Transportation, and Jobs Summit at UCLA. Then at 3 p.m., Villaraigosa will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the YWCA Urban Campus.

Councilman Jose Huizar will be in Little Tokyo at 9 a.m. to unveil the Public Art Medallion Project.

Meetings

2 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Resolution to implement energy efficiency and water conservation programs

Announcements

KPCC will host an event on Latino voters today at 7 p.m. in the Crawford Family Forum. KPCC news editor Oscar Garza will moderate the discussion with Roberto Suro, director of USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute; Mariel Garza, opinion editor for the Los Angeles News Group; and Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. The event is free but RSVPs are required.

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