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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County mayors meet at Getty House, congressman wants to expand redistricting commission, Democrats split in Valley

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti invited mayors from throughout Los Angeles County to Getty House Monday to talk about how they can tackle regional problems, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I've heard from so many friends in neighboring cities that we act sometimes like the 800-pound gorilla that doesn't listen," Garcetti said.

Southern California Rep. Alan Lowenthal wants to bring citizen redistricting commissions to the rest of the country, reports KPCC. "Lowenthal admits it'll take years -- and a lot of pressure from good government groups -- to change minds on Capitol Hill," according to the station.

The Los Angeles Police Department will now treat a handful of misdemeanors, like drinking in public and driving without a license, as infractions, reports the Daily News. "Because of court consolidations and cutbacks in the City Attorney's Office, almost all of these cases would ultimately have ended up as infractions anyway," said LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman.

San Fernando Democrats are split on an endorsement for the 45th Assembly District, reports the Daily News. The September primary is being held to fill a seat vacated by Bob Blumenfield.

Which Way, LA? talks about the Venice hit-and-run and a Los Angeles Times editorial urging Sheriff Lee Baca not to run for another term.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will host a youth town hall at Dorsey High School at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m., he will be at the Rampart Community Police Station for National Night Out.

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