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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's earthquake problem, Jerry Brown's legacy, car services at LAX


The Los Angeles Times looks at the dangers of concrete buildings in the event of an earthquake. Seen here is the epicenter of an earthquake from March 20.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 14, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti hangs with the business community and Controller Ron Galperin recycles his predecessor's stationery.

The Los Angeles Times looks at more than 1,000 concrete buildings that could crumble in a major earthquake, leading to the injury or death of thousands. "Los Angeles officials have known about the dangers for more than 40 years but have failed to force owners to make their properties safer. The city has even rejected calls to make a list of concrete buildings," according to The Times.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton looks at the three terms of Gov. Jerry Brown. "Now he's a poster boy for the lunacy of term limits. As his governing experience increases, Brown becomes more and more effective," Skelton writes.

The Daily Breeze looks at how unregulated car services like Uber and Lyft are getting around taxi regulations at LAX. "What concerns me is that, again, our industry is being assessed millions of dollars in fees. We’re playing by the rules. These businesses have thumbed their noises at the rules since the day they were founded," according to the general manager of Yellow Cab in Los Angeles.

KPCC's Crawford Family Forum will host an event about the lack of women in City Hall on Nov. 5. Speakers include Wendy Greuel, Nury Martinez and Joy Picus.



Upcoming Votes



  • LA City Council: Appointments to Board of Neighborhood Commissioners (10 a.m.)

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