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Maven's Morning Coffee: Problems highlighted at Sheriff's Department, new audit for DWP, Calderon wants to be a judge

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The new inspector general for the Sheriff's Department spoke to the public for the first time Monday, outlining the challenges the department faces, reports KPCC. "I can't force change. I can't order the sheriff's department to do anything. The power that I have comes from you," Max Huntsman told the audience at the Empowerment Congress.

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra wants an audit of the Department of Water and Power's new computer software that led to inflated bills, according to the Daily News. "This is the public’s money, we need to have an honest accounting of what went wrong," the assemblyman said.

Former state Sen. Charles Calderon filed papers to run as a judge, reports the Whittier Daily News. Calderon's brother, state Sen. Ron Calderon, is currently the subject of a federal investigation. "Even though we’re connected, this situation is like two strangers being named Calderon. I’m just not involved. People in the community understand we’re all different people," he tells the newspaper. Calderon is also the father of Assemblyman Ian Calderon.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health shut down the Dumb Starbucks in Los Feliz, which was a stunt pulled by an actor from Comedy Central, per the LA Weekly.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa got an impromptu photo op in New York, courtesy of KFI 640.

The Metropolitan Water District's Jeffrey Kightlinger and DWP's Jim McDaniel will talk about the future of water at Loyola Marymount University at 5 p.m.



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