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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff Baca speaks to Sherman Oaks, Boeing closes plant in Long Beach, LA city and county support the Olympics

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Sheriff Lee Baca focused his speech to Sherman Oaks residents on crime rates and charitable giving Wednesday evening, shying away from comments on a federal investigation into his jails.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Sheriff Lee Baca spoke in Sherman Oaks Wednesday night, where he focused on crime rates and charitable giving, rather than the federal investigation into L.A. County's jail system, reports KPCC. "Baca, who is seeking a fifth term next year as L.A. County's top law enforcement official, said only that he was dealing with a few 'knuckleheads' in the Sheriff’s Department and promised, 'I’ll take care of them'," according to the station.

Boeing will close its C-17 plant in Long Beach in two years, impacting 2,200 employees, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe says he's "outraged" by the closing and will lobby leaders in Washington, D.C. to keep the plant open.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Los Angeles in November to receive honors from the International Medical Corps and Mexican American Leadership Initiative, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles City Council and Board of Supervisors both support bringing the Olympics back to the region in 2024, reports Curbed LA. Other U.S. cities making the bid are Philadelphia, Dallas and Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles city officials broke ground on a park Wednesday that is part of a $10 million effort to revitalize the Los Angeles River, reports the Daily News. The project will include the park and a bicycle path.

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