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Maven's Morning Coffee: Women in politics, hacking LA's data, Beverly Hills turns 100

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Associated Press considers what political action groups are doing to elect more women to the state Legislature. "The successes that women have had elsewhere in society have made it more difficult to entice them to run for political office, advocates and lawmakers said. That applies not only at the state level but also to local offices such as school board or city council," per the piece.

The AP also reports on " second-generation Indians emerging in politics, despite their relatively small population in California."

L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas did not like the Daily News' recent editorial on work done on his home by county employees. In a letter to the editor, Ridley-Thomas wrote: "You adopted a harassment tactic: Throw out abusive, false reports, then pillory the subject for not responding."

KPCC looks at how L.A. is using hackers to tear apart the city's data in the hopes of creating user-friendly apps. But getting started is a challenge. "The hackers said the city's data was disorganized and poorly labeled. And when data isn’t easy to use, hackers don’t want anything to do with it," per the station.

The city of Los Angeles is studying whether city workers should be required to limit their consumption of energy drinks while on the job, reports the Daily News. "Councilman Bernard Parks called for the studies, citing federal inquiries into the ingredients of the drinks and their alleged connection to five deaths across the nation in recent years," per the article.

The Riverside City Council is considering a proposal to eliminate the city's free wireless Internet, reports the Press-Enterprise. The citywide network could be replaced with hot spots in parts of downtown and at libraries and community centers. Critics say the network is unreliable.

Beverly Hills celebrates its 100th birthday today. Details on the centennial celebration available here.

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