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Maven's Morning Coffee: a challenge to public records, a look at Eric Garcetti's style, Long Beach sues LA over port project

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Today is Tuesday, June 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A new state bill would exempt local government agencies from key provisions of the California Public Records Act, reports KPCC. State officials claim the move is intended to save money.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is setting the tone for a more low-key administration, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The understated approach stands in contrast to (Antonio) Villaraigosa, who quickly infused City Hall with a sense of drama eight years ago," per The Times. Garcetti also named long-time aide Ana Guerrero as his chief of staff, reports KPCC.

The Long Beach Business Journal reports Long Beach is suing Los Angeles over a rail yard project near the Port of Los Angeles. According to the city, Long Beach residents will suffer from the environmental impacts of the Southern California International Gateway Project.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is being asked to grant arresting authority to special officers, reports the OC Voice. "Last May, an audit by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) found that the special officers don’t meet state requirements for peace officers, because they don’t receive the necessary training and fail to report officer assignments," according to the piece.

What is a hog dog? That's the question some state lawmakers are trying to answer with a bill that would regulate street vendors, according to the Los Angeles Times.

L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry will be recognized by her colleagues today at 10 a.m. for 12 years of service.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will appear on KPCC's AirTalk at 11:20 a.m.

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