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Today is Monday, Dec. 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, local politicians visit Israel, Sheila Kuehl gets ready to release fundraising numbers, and Rep. Tony Cardenas pens a bill with a unique name.
A study from USC finds Angelenos who live within a half-mile of the Expo Line have reduced their daily driving by 40 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The study's findings ... can help transportation officials make smart choices about rail lines and the network of roads and neighborhoods that surround them," per The Times.
KPCC looks at how the death of school board member Marguerite LaMotte could change the political makeup of the LAUSD Board of Education. "The seven-member school board is split. Some favor union causes, others align themselves with Superintendent John Deasy," per the station.
Over at Zocalo, there's a piece about Park Safe LA, an app that helps decipher the city's parking signs. "(M)ost of the time people in L.A. aren’t trying to break the law. They read the signs from top to bottom and simply don’t understand what on earth all those conflicting instructions are trying to tell them," according to the piece.
LAObserved points out the L.A. Public Library has a gift guide for last minute Christmas shoppers.
Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck will announce the results of the city's gun buyback program at 10 a.m.
- LA County Board of Supervisors: Report on renaming the Marina Freeway (9:30 a.m.)
- Orange County Board of Supervisors: Report on providing alcohol to minors (9:30 a.m.)
- Los Angeles City Council: Confirmation of Jan Perry as GM of Economic and Workforce Development Department; confirmation of Paul Koretz as MWD rep (10 a.m.)
- Los Angeles City Council: Report on modernization of Convention Center (10 a.m.)
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