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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County workers to strike, sexism charges for neighborhood council, questions for cycling community

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Today is Monday, Sept. 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez fights prostitution, Bob Hertzberg loves politics, and Wendy Greuel and Dennis Zine join "Dancing with the Valley Stars."

Thousands of Los Angeles County social workers, librarians and janitors are expected to protest when their contract expires at midnight, reports the Los Angeles Times. Workers say a 6 percent raise over 30 months would be negated by the rising cost of health insurance premiums. County officials disagree. "They are postulating a scenario where they get nothing and we get everything. That's not what negotiating is about," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

KPCC looks at what will remain open if the federal government shuts down at midnight.

The Daily News has an editorial on allegations of sexism on the North Hills West Neighborhood Council board. "The Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment must take these charges seriously, fully investigate the allegations, then take swift and immediate action if necessary," according to the newspaper.

A Los Angeles Times op-ed questions whether Los Angeles can become a cyclist's town. "We seek a dialogue with cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, taxpayers and others about where we're going collectively. And on how many wheels," per The Times.



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