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Maven's Morning Coffee: police chief won't run for sheriff, calls for changes in campaign finance, LA County terminates foster care contract

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Long Beach police chief Jim McDonnell has decided not to run for county sheriff, saying the time it would take him to fundraise who take him away from his family and policing duties.

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Today is Wednesday, June 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell will not run for Los Angeles County sheriff next year, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It would have been a year and a half ahead of me of fundraising and politicking," McDonnell says.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at a campaign finance rule that does not allow candidates to carry over money from a primary election to the runoff. "Candidates spend more than a year raising the money for the first round of an election and then, if forced into a runoff, have to immediately plunge back into fundraising. That leaves them less time to talk with voters," according to The Times.

Frontiers LA looks at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's work on LGBT issues. "Villaraigosa was very active in the effort to defeat Prop. 8 at the polls—including speaking at protests in the pouring rain. After Prop. 8 passed in Nov. 2008, he was constantly visible—at the initial big protest in West Hollywood and the also sizable protest outside City Hall Downtown," according to the piece.

The Board of Supervisors canceled a contract with a foster care agency following reports of financial mismanagement and child abuse, reports KPCC. "L.A. County auditors gave a scathing report of Teens Happy Home a decade ago, finding that workers bought beer and cigarettes with public funds intended for mistreated children," according to the station.

Outgoing city Councilman Dennis Zine will spend $50,000 on streets and tree trimming in his district, reports the Daily News. "This is money I've saved over the years from taking a 10 percent cut in my pay, in turning in cars to the city and other cuts," Zine says.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce a new Zoning Code Reform Website at 9:30 a.m. in the Tom Bradley Tower. At 5:30 p.m., he'll be honored by Move LA at Union Station.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will attend the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees meeting at 2 p.m. He'll meet with Angelenos at CSUN at 7:30 p.m.


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

  • Confirmation of new executive director for Convention Center
  • Report on Casden West development

2 p.m. Transportation and Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on parking citations
  • Report on bicycle-powered pedi-cab service pilot program

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on bridge over L.A. River


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