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Maven's Morning Coffee: Nury Martinez wins LA City Council race, sheriff's deputies get raises, LAPD looks at employees' lawsuits

Once she is sworn in, Nury Martinez will be the only woman on the Los Angeles City Council.
Once she is sworn in, Nury Martinez will be the only woman on the Los Angeles City Council.
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Today is Wednesday, July 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Former LAUSD board member Nury Martinez was elected to the Los Angeles City Council's Sixth District with 54 percent of the vote, per the City Clerk's Office.

Ontario Mayor Paul Leon and Pomona Councilman Freddie Rodriguez are headed to a September runoff for the state Assembly's 52nd District, according to the Press-Enterprise. The winner will serve out the remainder of Norma Torres' term.

For the first time in five years, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and probation officers are getting raises, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 6 percent pay increases will continue through January 2015. "The board approved a similar pay hike for county firefighters, lifeguards and investigators with the public defender's office last month and also agreed last month to lift a hiring freeze that had been in place for all departments," according to the newspaper.

Los Angeles Times writer and KPCCer Patt Morrison does a Q&A with City Attorney Mike Feuer.

The Los Angeles Police Department has paid out $31 million in employee lawsuits in the past five years, reports the Daily News. However, the Police Commission’s Gerald Chaleff says the LAPD has implemented changes to improve its employee relations.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will unveil the City Hall Help Desk at 11 a.m.

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