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Maven's Morning Coffee: Trial of Robert Rizzo, San Bernardino in bankruptcy, investigation into Venice hit-and-run

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo will have his trial in Los Angeles County, a judge ruled.
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo will have his trial in Los Angeles County, a judge ruled. Irfan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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San Bernardino is eligible for bankruptcy protection according to a federal judge, reports KPCC. "The city asked the bankruptcy court to allow restructuring of its debts, including those it owes its own employees and retirees. A mediator will now work with the city and creditors to negotiate payment of debts," per the station.

The trial of Bell's Robert Rizzo will not be moved to another county, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rizzo is facing 69 counts of falsifying public records, perjury, conspiracy, misappropriating public funds and conflict of interest. According to his attorney, the public perception of Rizzo is that he is a "scoundrel and should spend rest of life in jail."

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to spend $315 million this year to reduce the state's prison population, according to the Sacramento Bee. Steinberg instead wants the courts to give the state another three years to reduce the inmate population while also spending $200 million a year on drug treatments and mental health services.

The family of a woman killed on the Venice boardwalk last month in a hit-and-run is requesting public documents from the city of Los Angeles to determine how a crash could have happened, reports the Daily News. "The family has also asked for historical records for the last 20 years regarding the planning, design, construction and maintenance of Ocean Front Walk, complaints communicated to the city regarding pedestrian safety there and any incident reports," according to the newspaper.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 13-2 to overturn a moratorium on murals. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

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