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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County tackles jail violence, LAX looks at emergency communications, police union gets new director

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman was selected to be an inspector general to the Sheriff's Department, reports the Los Angeles Times. He will have the authority to conduct investigations inside the county jail system. "He has a reputation for standing up even when it's uncomfortable or unpopular," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

The Board of Supervisors also approved a $722,000 settlement for a former inmate who was attacked by other inmates at Men's Central Jail in 2006, according to KPCC. The former inmate had accused Sheriff Lee Baca of enabling jail violence.

LAX officials are putting together a team to evaluate how passengers receive information during emergency situations, according to the Daily News. The move is a response to the Nov. 1 shooting inside Terminal 3. "There were some really big holes in the communication and passenger management systems and protocols," said L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin.

City News Service reports the Police Protective League has elected its first African-American director. Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz is a 20-year veteran of the LAPD.

Which Way, LA? looks at the controversy over feeding the homeless in public spaces.

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