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Maven's Morning Coffee: retrofitting LA, a recount in the Valley, investigation into Sheriff's Department's hiring practices

Northridge Earthquake

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An apartment building in Reseda, CA in January of 1994 after the Northridge Earthquake. The city of Los Angeles is now looking at cataloguing soft-story buildings that could be vulnerable in an earthquake.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at the city's efforts to collect data on "soft-story" buildings that could be particularly vulnerable in an earthquake. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee will discuss the issue later today. "It's a difficult challenge to retrofit a city. Just completing this survey of soft-story buildings will take inspectors about 14 months. So let's get started," per The Times.

Two members of the Board of Supervisors want a probe into the Sheriff's Department's hiring practices after the L.A. Times reported deputies were hired despite histories of serious misconduct. "Sometimes people slip through the cracks, but this seems to be a disproportionately high number who slipped through the cracks," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Republican Susan Shelley is seeking a recount in the race for the 45th Assembly District, reports the Daily News. The original results showed Shelley lost to Democrat Matt Dababneh by 329 votes. "In an abundance of caution, I have asked for a recount," she said.

A court has ordered Palmdale to hold elections next year for all of its city council members to resolve complaints that the city discriminates against black and Latino voters, reports KPCC. The new members will be elected by district, rather than at-large, and two of the districts will be majority Latino.

California Common Cause's Phillip Ung is leaving the organization to become the director of public affairs at California Forward, according to the Sacramento Bee. "There is still a lot of work to be done as it relates to California ethics," Ung said.



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