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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jailer arrested, funding for Children's Museum, charges dropped against former San Fernando councilwoman

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A Los Angeles County jailer was arrested for assaulting two inmates and falsifying police reports, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A Los Angeles County jailer is facing allegations that he assaulted two inmates and falsified police reports, according to the Los Angeles Times. At least one of the attacks was caught on tape.

The Los Angeles City Council will consider moving $8 million in public money over to the long-delayed Children's Museum, reports the Daily News. About $3.9 million of that would come from the Department of Water and Power, which in exchange would get its own exhibit at the museum.

Battery and vandalism charges against a former San Fernando city councilwoman were dismissed, reports the Associated Press. Maribel de la Torre was accused of attacking her boyfriend (and former city councilman) Mario Hernandez -- who was a no-show at court.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa selected Riverside's former chief information officer to serve as the new head of the Information Technology Agency, reports the Daily News. Government Technology Magazine named Steve Renker one of the top 25 chief information officers in the nation.

Did Rick Caruso purchase 2.8 acres of commercial space in Pacific Palisades? Maybe, according to CurbedLA.

Rep. Loretta Sanchez has sent out her annual Christmas card, this year with a nod to the fiscal cliff, reports KPCC. "Uptight Capitol Hill has had a conniption fit in years past over Sanchez's choice of pictures for her seasons greetings — the Congresswoman astride a motorcycle or posing with her beloved cat Gretzky on her lap," according to the station.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl endorsed Matt Szabo for the council's Thirteenth District.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the groundbreaking of the Regional Connector on the West Lawn of LAPD Headquarters at 9:30 a.m.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to increase fees for press passes, false alarms and business permits

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on possible layoffs
  • Report on equine traffic controls
  • Update on the Children’s Museum

Announcements

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