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Maven's Morning Coffee: USC's Coliseum deal done, a chat with LA County's coroner, LA's NFL future uncertain

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 5, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The California Science Board gave final approval to a deal that will give USC control of the publicly-owned Coliseum, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Finalizing the arrangement took more than a year longer than the Coliseum's governing commission had hoped, largely because its secretive handling of the lease deliberations alienated key backers of the Science Center and two other museums that share Exposition Park with the stadium," per The Times.

An aide to Mayor Eric Garcetti says bringing the NFL back to Los Angeles is not a priority, according to the LA Weekly. At the same time, Councilman Tom LaBonge wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to consider bringing a team back to L.A.

KPCC's Project Citizens checks in with Los Angeles' neighborhood councils. "The hope was that some people would begin working in Neighborhood Councils and then from there they would go onto other city offices — city council, mayor even, attorney general — and now we have it," said Erwin Chemerinsky, who served on the Charter Reform Commission.

The Daily News chats with Los Angeles County's new coroner, Dr. Mark Fajardo. "Our role is to speak for the dead and to seek justice for the people who were killed," he said.

Long Beach Councilman James Johnson will forgo a second term to run for city attorney, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

A proposed state bill could allow prosecutors to charge non-violent drug offenders with misdemeanors rather than felonies, reports KPCC. "We give non-violent drug offenders long terms, offer them no treatment while they’re incarcerated, and then release them back into the community with few job prospects," said Sen. Mark Leno, who authored the bill.



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