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Maven's Morning Coffee: an investigation into Christopher Dorner case, the cost of special elections, public transit at LAX

Man Hunt On For Former LAPD Officer Suspected Of Shooting Police Officer

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Los Angeles Police Department officers are deployed around the police headquarters on February 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. A former Los Angeles police officer Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, who had allegedly warned he would target law enforcement, is suspected of firing on two LAPD officers and ambushing two other officers, killing one. Dorner is also a suspect in two weekend killings of Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence who were found dead in a car inside a parking structure. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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Today is Monday, Dec. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Times has a five-part series on the manhunt for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner. The series is based on more than 400 interviews and 10 months of research.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column special elections come at a cost, a woman looks to run in CD 14, and Planning and Building and Safety to remain two departments.  

Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin penned a Daily News op-ed on getting public transportation to LAX. "One of the myths that we both despise about Los Angeles is that we are beholden to traffic and that we can’t build big things. Or that we can’t do them right, symbolized by the Green Line veering south of the airport," they write.

Down in Orange County, two former police officers remain on trial for the death of a homeless, mentally ill man in 2011, reports KPCC. Prosecutors are expected to call more witnesses today in the trial of Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli.

Five more stops along the Metro Blue Line will get gates this week, according to The Source. Passengers will need to use TAP cards to get on the light rail once the gates are installed.



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