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Maven's Morning Coffe: Jose Huizar faces old allegations, water district loses millions, LA's anti-gang chief leaves

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Today is Friday, Dec. 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar was accused of groping a masseuse back in 2005, according to a Pasadena police report obtained by the Los Angeles Times. According to the police report, the councilman grabbed the woman's legs and later grabbed at her leg, arm and breast. After filing the initial report, the massage therapist did not pursue the case and prosecutors never filed charges. Huizar is currently facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former employee.

KPCC investigates how the Central Basin Municipal Water District lost $2.7 million. "How could ten percent of our operating budget be secretly transferred out of the public coffers without any accountability, without any public disclosure," said board member Leticia Vasquez.

The head of the city's anti-gang programs will leave his post on Jan. 2, reports the Daily News. Guillermo Cespedes will join Creative Associates International, which focuses on international crime and violence prevention.

Which Way, LA? does a deep dive on California's water wars. Former DWP General Manager David Nahai is a guest.

Rep. Henry Waxman penned a letter to Tribune CEO Peter Liguori, expressing concern for the future of the Los Angeles Times, reports LAObserved. "I would like to learn more about the transaction you are proposing and how it will impact the Los Angeles Times and my constituents," he writes.



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