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Maven's Morning Coffee: future of LAUSD, earthquake safety in LA, fines for two hospitals in LA County

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Today is Friday, Oct. 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Is LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy leaving the school district? Last night the Los Angeles Times reported he would resign in February but this morning, Deasy tells the newspaper he hasn't submitted a letter of resignation and will have more to say next week. The Daily News also reports that he is set to leave LAUSD.

The city of Los Angeles has formally requested from UC Berkeley researchers a list of concrete buildings that could collapse in an earthquake, reports KPCC. "Our ultimate goal is make LA safer," says a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Fair Political Practices Commission issues a record-breaking fine of $1 million against political groups with ties to the Koch brothers, according to the Sacramento Bee. The fine is related to $15 million the brothers spent last year to stop a tax measure and weaken unions' influence in California. The source of the money was not properly reported, per the FPPC.

Two hospitals in Los Angeles County are among nine statewide that are being fined by the Department of Public Health, reports the Daily News. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will have to pay $50,000 related to a patient's death and Antelope Valley Hospital will pay $50,000 for screwing up a patient's surgery.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will sign an ordinance waiving fees for television pilots at 9 a.m.

Upcoming Votes


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

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