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Maven's Morning Coffee: DCFS needs more beds, Mayor Garcetti's first 50 days, Q&A with a councilman

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint Assistant Assessor Sharon Molleras as the acting county assessor, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Assessor John Noguez is currently facing 30 felony counts for allegedly accepting bribes and misusing public funds.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services is experiencing a shortage of beds for babies and toddlers, reports KPCC, and that is straining the system. A "(l)ack of flexibility in placements for children means less thoughtful placements ... more children placed far away from their birth families, which interferes with reunification efforts," according to the station.

Mayor Eric Garcetti selected Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana as his education deputy, per KPCC.

The Downtown News looks at Mayor Eric Garcetti's first 50 days in office. "Whereas (Antonio) Villaraigosa rigorously courted national attention as a tool to trampoline himself, Garcetti seems to care more about the city than his personal profile," according to the piece.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says Mayor Eric Garcetti is right to refuse the proposed contract with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18.  Union leaders "know the public is running out of patience with them and with the high compensation that contributes to ratepayers' bimonthly bills. Some of that outrage is misplaced, but it's real and a fact of city politics," according to the piece. Meanwhile, the Mayor's Office has started an online petition to reform the DWP.

Los Angeles Magazine does a Q&A with Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price. Asked to sum up his first few days in office, Price says, "I'm having fun!"

Here are pictures from VICA's Officerholders luncheon.

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