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Maven's Morning Coffee: questions for new Compton councilman, bathrooms on Skid Row, LA city councilman's transit policies

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Compton's new Latino councilman is drawing criticism for failing to file campaign finance documents and for hiring a staffer with a criminal past.

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Today is Monday, July 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan has only been in office for a few weeks but he's already drawing criticism for failing to file his campaign finance documents, hiring a staffer with a criminal pass, and refusing to answer questions about his residency, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In the wake of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's announcement that he'll seek therapy for harassing women, KPCC questions why sexual harassment claims are not more prevalent in Washington, DC.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the issue of bathrooms on Skid Row. "More than 1,000 people who sleep outdoors in the 52-block district, and 2,500 who join them during the day, rely on five self-cleaning toilets, social service agencies and a couple of park restrooms that are locked overnight," reports The Times.

LA Streetsblog editorializes on Councilman Joe Buscaino's transit policies. "As chair of the City Council’s Public Works Committee, Buscaino’s oversight sometime falls on street design, but it’s the initiatives he’s taken that are making him a strong Livable Streets Advocate, even if he doesn’t realize it," according to the website.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the freshmen council members get to work, Councilman Paul Krekorian gets high-profile appointments, and the men of City Hall get their own Carlos Danger-inspired names.



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