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Maven's Morning Coffee: Rep. McKeon to retire, LAPD gets body cameras, Metro considers light rail to LAX

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House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Simi Valley) will not run for reelection this year.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Rep. Buck McKeon of Santa Clarita will not seek reelection in 2014, reports KPCC and Politico. The 75-year-old congressman has held the seat since 1992.

County transportation officials say it is too dangerous and costly to tunnel a light rail system under the LAX terminals, reports the Los Angeles Times. "By the end of this decade, two light-rail lines will come within three miles of the airport without completing the trip," according to the Times.

Thirty LAPD officers in the downtown area will start testing body cameras this week, according to KPCC. The cameras work on a start-and-stop system, though they will record what happens 30 seconds before officers turn them on.

A new ad hoc committee at City Hall will be tasked with looking at runaway production, reports the Daily News. The Ad Hoc Committee on Film and Television Production Jobs will look at how local policies can impact filming in Los Angeles.

Metro is considering a proposal to reduce the number of minutes given to speakers at its public meetings, reports the Daily News. Metro Chair Diane Dubois wants to limit speakers to a total of six minutes. The current rules allow speakers three minutes for general public comment and another minute per item on the agenda.

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