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Maven's Morning Coffee: fire sprinklers in high-rises, climate change in LA, opening a medical marijuana clinic in the Arts District

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC investigates why older, residential high-rises are not required to have fire sprinklers. Back in 1988, condominium owners successfully lobbied the Los Angeles City Council against installing the sprinklers. "A sprinkler may not put the fire out. But it’ll keep it in check, keep it small, keep it from spreading," according to one fire inspector.

The chief sustainability officer of Los Angeles penned a Huffington Post op-ed on climate change. "We can take responsibility as individuals for our corner of the world, and unleash the can-do attitude to install solar panels on our homes, help a local school become more energy efficient, improve a park in your neighborhood, or take on a project to make our city a better place," Matt Petersen writes.

A Downtown News editorial considers why it is easier to open a medical marijuana clinic than it is to obtain a liquor license. "A business selling medical marijuana ... seems not to have had to jump through any public hoops before throwing open its doors. Its owner simply signed a lease," according to the newspaper.

The windows of a LAPD squad car were smashed in by a man at Hollywood and Highland while a KTLA camera rolled on another story. The man stole a laptop out of the car, and was later arrested by police while an actor dressed as Superman looked on.

LAFD is continuing its pilot program of using tablet devices to determine whether they help reduce response times and improve medical care, reports KPCC.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson endorsed Wendy Greuel's run for Congress, per the campaign.

Tweet of the Day goes to a police commissioner.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss the city's response to the state drought at 9:30 a.m. at the Tujunga Pumping Station.

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