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Maven's Morning Coffee: Report on jail abuses, Metro fare increases, future of Republicans in California

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A new independent report finds video cameras are helping to vet allegations of inmate abuse in county jails.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

A report released Thursday finds video cameras have been a powerful tool in vetting abuse allegations from jail inmates, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The report released by the agency's civilian monitor Thursday found that the footage has helped to exonerate deputies who were falsely accused and build cases against those who break the rules," per the Times.

Metro will hold a public hearing in March to consider fare increases, reports the Daily News. Under the proposal, Metro tickets could increase to $2.25 in the year 2021.

The Los Angeles Times considers what this year's gubernatorial race could mean for the Republican Party. "If Neel Kashkari or Tim Donnelly — the two major GOP candidates hoping to challenge Brown in November — do not receive enough support to gain momentum, critical races across the state could be lost," according to the newspaper.

With tourism up, the area around L.A. Live needs more hotel rooms, reports Curbed LA. The city is willing to offer tax breaks to developers but those come at the same time the city wants hotels to offer living wages.

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