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Maven's Morning Coffee: representation in Whittier, truck noise in Long Beach, building restrictions in Malibu

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The city of Long Beach wants ice cream trucks to turn off their music when serving customers. Ice cream truck operators say the music helps attract customers.

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Today is Thursday, July 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks at the impact of at-large districts in the town of Whittier. "Under the at-large system, just one Latino has won a council seat in Whittier's 115-year history," according to the station.

The Long Beach City Council is considering an ordinance to silence ice cream trucks, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Council officials are getting a lot of national attention as a result, and not all of it is flattering. They have nothing against ice cream trucks, they say, but they want them to be quieter," reports The Times.

A lawyer suing the city of Los Angeles over the redistricting process told reporters the city had offered to settle the case, reports the Daily News. The complaint alleges "race was the driving factor in the redrawing of City Council boundaries, and in particular that City Councilman Herb Wesson's council District 10 was drawn to retain black voters," according to the newspaper.

Malibu is considering a new ordinance that would regulate chain stores in the Civic Center area, reports the Malibu Times. Supporters say the law would protect the unique character of Malibu, while opponents are concerned that regulations would stifle the free market.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson wears socks, per LAObserved.

Tweet of the Day goes to former Mayor Richard Riordan.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will appear on KPCC's AirTalk at 11:30 a.m.

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