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Maven's Morning Coffee: lights out for medical marijuana clinics, a commission on child welfare, a step back for reform in Anaheim

Federal authorities have ordered 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County to close.
Federal authorities have ordered 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County to close.
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Today is Thursday, June 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Federal prosecutors are cracking down on a 100 medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles County, reports the Daily News. "The government's actions represent the latest effort to enforce federal laws and the newest challenge to California's 17-year-old, voter-approved law allowing the sale of marijuana as a medicinal treatment," according to the paper.

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas wants a blue ribbon commission created to look at child protection, reports KPCC. The 10-member board would be tasked with reforming the Department of Children and Family Services. Meanwhile, an editorial from the Los Angeles Times seems to endorse the idea. "The supervisors should see this as the last, best and final opportunity to leave behind a county child welfare system that works, or at least one that is on the road to improvement."

The Whittier Daily News traces the bad blood between Grace Napolitano and the Calderon family back to 1998. This past week, Napolitano told reporters she was not surprised by the FBI raid on state Sen. Ron Calderon's office. "I thought it was a matter of time before someone finally started making noise," she says.

Are Ron Calderon's actions unethical or illegal? That's the question posed by Professor Jessica Levinson over at KCET. "It appears that Calderon used the benefits of public office to his advantage in a fashion that many find somewhere between distasteful and immoral. But not all of his actions are illegal. It in fact remains to be seen whether any are," she writes.

The Anaheim City Council voted 3-2 against that a measure that would create city council districts, according to the Los Angeles Times. "A neighborhood-by-neighborhood analysis of census data by The Times last year revealed the city is deeply segregated along ethnic lines, with many of its elected leaders coming from predominantly white neighborhoods in the eastern hills of the community," according to paper.

KPCC looks at what Rep. Darrell Issa may want in his political future. "Issa could make another run for U.S. Senate, particularly if Dianne Feinstein decides to retire in six years when she'll be 85-years-old. Or he could run for Governor," according to the station.




8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, City Hall, room 350

9:30 a.m. Ethics Commission, City Hall, room 1060


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