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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
Los Angeles County is hiring 150 more social workers to handle child welfare cases, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Money for the extra workers had been appropriated three years ago, but agency officials apparently left it untapped, thinking they needed additional authorizations," according to the newspaper.
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to allow curbside gardens, planted between the sidewalk and curb, to remain without penalty, reports the Daily News. "This is a way to let us take a deep breath and deal with this by holding off on citing people," said Council President Herb Wesson.
Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez looks at a Mar Vista neighborhood that's debating whether to approve a curb assessment district. "If you want streets and sidewalks fixed anytime soon in Los Angeles, you can beg, you can complain and you can even scream. But in the end, one way or another, you're going to pay," he writes.
Moreno Valley Councilman Marcelo Co resigned following his arrest for "pocketing" public money to care for his ill mother, according to the Press-Enterprise.
Two men and a woman were arrested for allegedly robbing West Covina Councilman Andrew McIntyre, reports the Whittier Daily News. The thieves made off with McIntyre's wallet -- and city council badge.
- LA City Council: Vote on Jordan Downs Urban Village Specific Plan (10 a.m.)
- LA City Council: Members of the Budget and Environment committees will hold a public hearing on a proposed contract with DWP employees (10 a.m.)
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