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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD to upgrade 911 system, county courthouses to close, Howard Berman joins lobbying firm

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Today is Thursday, March 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Fire Department will upgrade its 911 system to work with other fire agencies, reports the Los Angeles Times. "In an interview with The Times editorial board, (fire Chief Brian) Cummings said he would like to see a seamless network that connects dispatch systems across municipal borders," according to the newspaper.

A Los Angeles Times editorial knocks the Wendy Greuel campaign for trying to paint her mayoral opponent, Eric Garcetti, as anti-union. "Only in Los Angeles would a liberal Democrat who has campaigned time and again with strong labor support stand accused of being this city's version of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who earned labor's undying enmity for ending collective bargaining rights in his state," according to the piece.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey believes the closure of 10 courthouses will lead to delays in cases and ultimately weaker cases, reports the Daily News.

Which Way, LA? looks at courtroom cutbacks.

Former Rep. Howard Berman has joined a lobbying firm, according to LAObserved.


The Los Angeles City Council is on recess.


Members of SEIU Local 721 will rally outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse at 11 a.m. to protest the proposed closure of county courthouses.

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