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Maven's Morning Coffee: Asian-American political community, child welfare commission, Q&A with new LA councilman

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Today is Tuesday, July 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks at how the Asian-American community is recruiting young people to get involved in politics. "Political analysts talk a lot about growing Latino political influence in California, but Asian Americans are the fastest growing group of voters. By 2025, Asian Americans are projected to be 18 percent of California’s population and comprise more than 12 percent of registered voters," according to the station.

Los Angeles County's blue-ribbon commission on child welfare will meet this week to discuss reforms related to child abuse and deaths, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This commission ought to be very, very bottom-line about what does it take to design a system that maximizes the safety of these youngsters who are at risk," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Which Way, LA? looks at services like Uber and Lyft and questions whether they are bandit taxis.

Los Angeles Magazine does a Q&A with new L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield and most of the answers make him sound very much like a politician. Asked whether he's found any good spots for lunch near City Hall, Blumenfield replies, "Being an effective representative is not only about good policy, it’s also important to build relationships, and there’s no better way to do that than over a meal."

The spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife died over the weekend while snorkeling in Hawaii, reports the Sacramento Bee.



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