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Maven's Morning Coffee: change at the Sheriff's Department, a possible run for county supervisor, downtown LA gets some love

A Los Angeles Times editorial says now is the time for reform at the Sheriff's Department.
A Los Angeles Times editorial says now is the time for reform at the Sheriff's Department.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the 2020 Commission has a familiar ring to it, the Rose Bowl becomes the backdrop for political fundraising, and a look at the DWP's revolving door.

Is Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod running for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors? KPCC reports she has $1 million in an account for the race but won't comment on her plans. The money the remainder from McLeod's state Legislature campaign and officeholder campaign committees.

A Los Angeles Times editorial asks the Board of Supervisors to appoint an interim sheriff who will understands the "need for real change" in the Sheriff's Department. "If the Sheriff's Department needs a housecleaning — and it does — now is the time," according to the piece.

Back in November, an attorney for state Sen. Ron Calderon filed a complaint that alleged the government was retaliating against the politician because he refused to wear a wire and cooperate with a FBI investigation. Except it turns out that Calderon's lawyer never served the complaint to the federal government, reports Capitol Alert. "It was a publicity stunt that blew up in their face," says a former FBI agent.

Downtown L.A. gets attention from The New York Times and Jerry Seinfeld, per LAObserved.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will talk about the city's 2013 crime statistics at 10 a.m. at LAPD Headquarters.

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