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Maven's Morning Coffee: Crenshaw Line stops short, Gloria Molina pens letter on the sheriff, Democrats hang on in the Valley

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When in opens in 2019, the Metro Crenshaw Line will only stop near the airport -- not at or inside, similar to the Metro Green Line, aka the "train to nowhere."

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Today is Monday, Aug. 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


When the Metro Crenshaw Line opens in 2019, it will stop 1.5 miles short of LAX -- similar to the Metro Green Line, also known as the "train to nowhere," reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Democrats need to hang onto the San Fernando Valley's 45th Assembly seat in next month's special election if they hope to maintain a two-thirds dominance in Sacramento, reports the Daily News. "While another September election -- the 52nd Assembly district race in the Pomona-Ontario area -- could also close the gap for Democrats -- some believe the 45th race is a better bet for the party," according to the newspaper.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Brian D'Arcy stands by mayoral choice, Councilman Bob Blumenfield endorses his own bill, and Councilman Joe Buscaino denies a rumor.

In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina encourages a serious challenger to take on Sheriff Lee Baca in the 2014 election. "(Baca's) lack of responsiveness indicates that not only has he failed at his mission, but he feels he never had a problem to begin with. For years, he's paid lip service to the Board of Supervisors about 'reform' while we've paid for lawsuits originating from his mismanagement," Molina writes.

The former director of the Museum of Contemporary Art is back in Southern California after four years at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, reports KPCC. Richard Koshalek has "a laundry list of suggestions about how to rebuild MOCA" from brining artists back to the board to rebuilding the curatorial staff, according to the station.



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