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Maven's Morning Coffee: trouble in the Sheriff's Department, Bell trial underway, is City Hall a frat house?

Paul Tanaka Hearing

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Deputies supporting Paul Tanaka for sheriff say the department has retaliated against them.

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Today is Thursday, Oct. 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Sheriff's deputies backing Paul Tanaka in next year's sheriff's race say they've been retaliated against by Sheriff Lee Baca, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The ones that are most loyal to Tanaka have been the subject of improper internal affairs complaints, sometimes criminal allegations without merit, transfers from favorable assignments to those assignments known to be dead ends," says a lawyer for the deputies. A spokesman for the Sheriff's Department denies the allegations.

Controller Ron Galperin launched a new website that allows the public to check out the city's financial records, reports KPCC. Control Panel LA will "revolutionize the way that we do our financial reporting, revolutionize the way we do our budgeting. Because isn't just about big data, it's also about smart data," Galperin says.

The trial of Bell's former Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia is underway and jurors will have to decide whether she or former city manager Robert Rizzo were the mastermind behind the city's exorbitant salaries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says the sexual harassment lawsuit against L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar shows "too much of City Hall seems stuck in a bad movie about frat house antics." Over at KCAL there's video of Council President Herb Wesson praising Huizar at a fundraiser Tuesday night.

Former Assemblyman Tom Calderon will not run for state Senate, reports the Sacramento Bee. Earlier this year, the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office raided businesses that receive consulting services from Calderon. "I just need to take time for myself and my family. I've been through a lot this year," Calderon says.

Pressers

None

Upcoming Votes

Friday

  • LA City Council: Recommendation to extend contracts for the Bureau of Street Services (10 a.m.)

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