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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's cultural literacy, personnel complaints at LAUSD, patient dumping back on Skid Row

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The New York Times profiles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "Governing Los Angeles is all about cultural literacy — nobody can be completely literate across the board here, but if you don’t have some understanding of many of those cultures, you will be left behind," Garcetti says.

The president of the LAUSD Board of Education allegedly make sexual remarks, offensive jokes and derogatory comments to employees according to personnel complaints released Monday, reports the Daily News.  Richard Vladovic has denied the allegations and calls them "politically motivated."

The City Attorney's Office is investigating possible cases of "patient dumping" on Skid Row, reports KPCC. "There was a lull there for a while, but we have seen an increased number of alleged incidents that were allegedly occurring on Skid Row," according to a spokesman for the office.

Developer Rick Caruso talks to Los Angeles Magazine about coming this-close to running for mayor. "I get to be a dad once; the mayor’s office comes around every four years. If there’s another opportunity down the road and it makes sense and there’s a meaningful role for me to play, fine," he says.

The Daily News looks at the first 100 days in office for City Hall's newest politicians. "I am getting into the rhythm of being a council member. The commitment is the same, but being the decision-maker, the person in the chair is the big difference," says Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at USC's Veterans Affairs National Conference at 12:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., he will unveil the beta version of his performance metrics website.

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