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Maven's Morning Coffee: Councilman calls affair "mistake," Villaraigosa joins PR firm, LA County revisits jail plan

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L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar calls his affair with a former staff a "huge mistake," according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez does a Freaky Friday switch with Councilman Tom LaBonge for a day. "Could I fix City Hall in a day? Probably not quite. But I liked the idea of shaking things up, even if only for a day," he writes.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar tells the Los Angeles Times that an alleged affair with his former deputy chief of staff was a "huge mistake." The married politician is now being sued for sexual harassment. An attorney for Francine Godoy declined to comment.

Los Angeles County may drop a plan to send hundreds of female inmates to Taft, reports KPCC. The reason? An ongoing lawsuit between Taft and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Member of the Los Angeles City Council may have waited too long to vote on appealing the Public Utilities Commission's regulations on the companies behind ride-sharing apps, according to KPCC. The deadline is today and Mayor Eric Garcetti has indicated he will veto any efforts to block companies like Uber and Lyft from operating in the city. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Times editorial takes issue with the city's attempts to regulate the car services.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a new gig at the PR firm Edelman. "There’s a lot I can learn here," Villaraigosa says, via the Sacramento Bee.

Pressers

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Controller Ron Galperin will speak about a new financial data website for the city at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Votes

Wednesday

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