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Maven's Morning Coffee: protests a test for Eric Garcetti, Long Beach mayor won't run for reelection, Villaraigosa gets a job

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Today is Wednesday, July 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The protests over the verdict in the George Zimmerman case have been the first real test for Eric Garcetti as mayor, per the Los Angeles Times. "The disturbances offered a jarring demonstration of how forces beyond his control can disrupt his efforts to shape a new City Hall agenda," according to The Times.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is in agreement that Men's Central Jail needs to be replaced, but it wants further analysis on the estimated $1.37 billion price tag, according to the Daily News.

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster will not run for reelection, reports the Press-Telegram. "The decision may also act as a springboard for candidates who were hesitant to take on the powerful mayor in the April primary next year," according to the newspaper.

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is working as an advisor to a community bank, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The city of West Hollywood has selected an operator for its weekend shuttle service, named the "Pick-up Line," reports CurbedLA. The service, which will operate from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, will start up in 10 days.

Downey Mayor Mario Guerra was elected president of the Independent Cities Association.

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