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Maven's Morning Coffee: Testimony from former Bell police chief, mapping earthquake faults, gang injunction in OC

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The former police chief of Bell testified about his pay in the trial of former city official Angela Spaccia, according to the Los Angeles Times. As police chief of the tiny town, Randy Adams made $400,000 a year. In an email to Spaccia, he wrote, "I am looking forward to seeing you and taking all of Bell's money?! Okay ... just a share of it!!"

KPCC looks at what it means to map earthquake faults, much like the one in Hollywood.

Two nonprofits jointly run by the Department of Water and Power and its union were vetted Wednesday by the Energy and Environment Committee and the conclusion from city officials is that the two trusts have an impact, reports the Daily News. "Obviously, running the nation’s largest municipal power utility and second largest water utility of any kind, safety is critical, training is critical," says DWP General Manager Ron Nichols.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at an overreaching gang injunction in Orange County. "If the government wants to restrict the legal activities of suspected gang members who have not been accused of or convicted of crimes, it must move very carefully," according to the piece.

Here's video of last night's Ready for Hillary fundraiser in downtown.



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