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Maven's Morning Coffee: recruiting South LA voters, an audit of AIDS Healthcare, Mayor Bob Foster talks about leaving office

A voter fills out her ballot during early voting before the 2012 presidential election at the Gila County Recorder's Office in Globe, Ariz., on Oct. 26.

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Groups in South Los Angeles are using a new strategy between elections to increase turnout at the polls.

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Today is Friday, July 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In South Los Angeles, some groups are using "integrated voter engagement" to increase turnout in elections, reports KPCC. "Their common goal is to increase voting among those who are feeling state budget cuts the most— young and low-income voters, people of color and immigrants," according to the station.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation hopes to block an audit by Los Angeles County, according to the Daily News and KPCC. The group calls the financial review "retaliatory" and "illegitimate."

Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster tells the Long Beach Press-Telegram that his decision not to seek a third term of office was inspired by a friend's terminal illness. "It really did make me reassess my whole life," he says.

The Sacramento Bee has updated its database on lobbying efforts during the 2011-12 legislative season.

Which Way, LA? chats with new LAUSD board member Monica Ratliff.



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