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Maven's Morning Coffee: grand jury investigation into Sheriff's Department, county assessor keeps his job, Gov. Brown rejects parole for arsonist

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A federal grand jury is investigating whether sheriff's deputies attempted to hide an inmate from federal authorities after they learned that the man was a FBI informant who was collecting information on corrupt deputies, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The grand jury investigation underscores the rift that developed last year between the Sheriff's Department and federal authorities after deputies discovered the FBI had cultivated an inmate informant as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the department's jails," according to the newspaper.

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez will continue to receive his $197,000 salary as he sits in jail on bribery charges, according to the Los Angeles Times. "My personal feeling is he has not abandoned his job by virtue of choice — he's been incarcerated for allegations of corruption and until a court of law convicts him of a crime, he's still the assessor of Los Angeles County," said Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

Gov. Jerry Brown rejected parole for an arsonist whose crime led to the 1981 death of a Los Angeles firefighter, reports the Daily News. The governor called the crime "senseless."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein could be the next chair of the Judiciary Committee, reports KPCC.

A new audit from Controller Wendy Greuel found $325,000 was wasted in mileage reimbursements, per KPCC. It is unclear how much of that waste was due to fraud.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will help break ground on the Motor Avenue Apartments at 11 a.m.




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