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Maven's Morning Coffee: Coroner's report for TSA officer, closing arguments in Bell trial, more cats for Angelenos

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The TSA officer killed Nov. 1 at LAX died within two to five minutes of being shot, according to the coroner, reports KPCC. Gerardo Hernandez was killed when a gunman opened fire in Terminal 3. According to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, "all the facts indicate that any action taken by responding officers or medical personnel would not have saved (his) life."

Prosecutors are giving closing arguments in the trial of Angela Spaccia, a former top administrator in the city of Bell, according to the Los Angeles Times. Spaccia is charged with conflict of interest, misappropriation of public funds, secretation of public records, receiving unauthorized compensation and conspiracy.

DWP officials appeared at City Hall Wednesday to acknowledge problems with a new multimillion-dollar customer service program, reports KPCC. The new software has led to 40 minute-hold times on the customer service line and, in some cases, bills that are double and triple what a customer typically pays.

A Los Angeles Times editorial applauds the Board of Water and Power Commissioners for pushing the utility to be more transparent about its spending. "Obfuscation only erodes public trust and helps explain why there's so much controversy whenever the DWP wants to raise rates," according to the piece.

The city of Los Angeles wants to allow residents to own as many as five cats at a time, according to the LA Weekly. Apparently the current law limits a person's feline friends to just three. "We've seen the legalization of many things in liberal California, from medical marijuana to same-sex marriage to undocumented drivers. Why not crazy cat ladies?" per the Weekly.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will tour the L.A. River with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at 10:30 a.m.

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