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Maven's Morning Coffee: FPPC investigates donation, LAX creates emergency response team

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Fair Political Practices Commission will look into a political PAC that gave $25,000 to a nonprofit run by the brother of state Sen. Ron Calderon, reports the Sacramento Bee. A leaked FBI affidavit indicated state Sen. Kevin de Leon may have had a hand in arranging that contribution however the "FPPC found no evidence that de León directed the payment, but (the agency) wants to open a broader investigation to see who directed that the money be moved from the Latino caucus’s political fundraising account to Calderon’s nonprofit."

LAX has created a response team to better handle crowds during the airport's next emergency, reports KPCC. "We realize that when we have an incident on a large scale, we really need more people out there to take care of our customers and to provide information and to provide that face-to-face communication," according to the airport's director of customer service.

Happy New Year! Here are some photos, courtesy of Curbed LA, of Angelenos celebrating through the years.



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