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Maven's Morning Coffee: Earthquake liability, security at LAX, development in downtown

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KPCC looks at who might be responsible if concrete buildings that have not been retrofitted collapse in a major earthquake. According to an LA Times analysis, more than 1,000 aging buildings in LA County could be at risk of falling in a major earthquake.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

KPCC looks at who might be liable if concrete buildings that have not been retrofitted collapse during an earthquake. "It remains unclear if landing on the (Los Angeles) Times' list of seismically at-risk buildings counts as evidence that a collapse was foreseeable or whether property owners might be shielded from litigation if their buildings met safety codes in place at the time of construction," according to the station.

Security at LAX is being ramped up after two dry ice bombs exploded and two more were found in restricted parts of the airport, according to the Los Angeles Times. No one was injured in the explosions.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar has put forward a motion that would incentivize developers to construct high-rises in downtown and limit the number of seven-story buildings in the area, reports Curbed LA. "The problem we're having right now is that if low-rises go up, they're not getting maximum efficiency out of the space. And then they're around for decades," says a spokesman for the councilman.

The LA Weekly makes the case for why a politician's personal life, in this case Assembly Speaker John Perez, is fair game to reporters.

Which Way, LA? looks at the relationship between Latino voters and Republicans.

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