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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff's deputies arrested, former Bell official guilty, legalizing marijuana

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The FBI arrested 18 current and former sheriff's deputies for allegedly beating jail inmates and visitors and trying to intimidate a FBI agent. "There is no institutional problem within the Sheriff's Department when it comes to correcting itself," Sheriff Lee Baca told reporters in the wake of the arrests and indictments. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, AP

Former Bell deputy Angela Spaccia was convicted of 11 felonies, including misappropriation of funds and conflict of interest, reports the Los Angeles Times. Spaccia's attorney had argued that the city's former manager Robert Rizzo was the one behind the city's outrageous salaries and financial practices.

A Los Angeles Times editorial calls for the LAUSD Board of Education to set a special election to fill the seat of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. "The most important consideration at the moment should not be the board's future makeup, but ensuring that the voters of District 1 are represented by the board member of their choice," according to the piece.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a majority of Californians support legalizing marijuana. "It just seems like an inevitable trend towards the liberalization of the laws," said the Field Poll director.

Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass are in South African for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, reports the Daily News.

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