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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County wants penalties for sex offenders, microbreweries face business problems in LA, Mayor Garcetti's cool relationship with labor

L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe will introduce a resolution today that seeks financial penalties for adults who solicit sex from children. He also wants to see these "johns" register as sex offenders.
L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe will introduce a resolution today that seeks financial penalties for adults who solicit sex from children. He also wants to see these "johns" register as sex offenders. Kitty Felde/KPCC

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

L.A. County Supervisors Don Knabe and Mark Ridley-Thomas want the state to increase penalties for adults who exploit children for sex, reports the Daily News. The two want "johns" to register as sex offenders and face a financial fine up to $10,000.

The neighborhood council in Silver Lake wants the city to forbid homeowners from using Airbnb, which allows residents to rent out their homes to vacationers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Over at LAObserved, there's a post complaining that the piece does not make it clear that neighborhood councils cannot create city policy on their own.

The Daily News looks at the explosion of microbreweries in Los Angeles County -- and why it's so difficult for them to open in the city of Los Angeles. "We’ve talked to breweries in surrounding areas and they gave us their condolences that we chose Los Angeles," one business owner told the newspaper.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti's cool relationship with labor, Bob Hertzberg looks ahead to the state Senate, and former mayoral spokesman Teddy Davis runs for city council.

Dan Walters at The Sacramento Bee looks at how the resignation of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may impact political leadership throughout the state.

Pressers

Mayor Eric Garcetti will hold office hours in Van Nuys at 11 a.m.

Upcoming Votes

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • LA City Council: Appointments to Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (10 a.m.)

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