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Maven's Morning Coffee: Fight over public health, special election set for December, Sheriff Baca's side gig

City Attorney Mike Feuer has filed legal papers to block a ballot initiative that would create a city-operated public health agency.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The city of Los Angeles wants a judge to declare a ballot proposal to create a city-run public health department invalid, reports KPCC. The initiative would "immediately disrupt critical public health services," according to a complaint filed by the City Attorney's Office. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation backs the ballot proposal.

A judge has ruled that Palmdale's November election cannot take place because the city's at-large election does not comply with the California Voting Rights Act, according to the LA Weekly. "For far too long already, the African American and Latino citizens of Palmdale have been disenfranchised. No longer should they be forced to wait for their rights while the city thumbs its nose at the law," says attorney R. Rex Parris.

According to ABC 7, Sheriff Lee Baca is pitching supplements for a private company. "Since Eyewitness News began asking questions, (spokesman Steve) Whitmore tells us that Baca is 'distancing himself' from the company," according to the station.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin and state Sen. Ted Lieu want to close down Santa Monica Airport in the wake of its latest crash, reports CurbedLA. Failing to renew the airport's lease with the FAA in 2015 would effectively ban jets from landing there.

Gov. Jerry Brown has set Dec. 3 as the special election to fill an Assembly seat previously held by Holly Mitchell, reports the Los Angeles Times.



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