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Maven's Morning Coffee: the fall of Lee Baca, blight in South LA, expanding the living wage?

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Writer Celeste Fremon details the fall of Lee Baca in the latest issue of Los Angeles Magazine. "Sheriff Lee Baca fancied himself a visionary. His number two, Paul Tanaka, considered himself a force to be reckoned with. Together they allowed one of the nation’s most powerful law enforcement agencies to drift into a morass of scandal that compelled both to retire," she writes.

L.A. City Councilman Curren Price wants the city to look at expanding the living wages for hotel employees to all workers. "We have a barbell economy with the greatest income disparity since before World War II. I hope this ushers in a move to increase all salaries in the city," he tells the Daily News.

Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted of perjury and voter fraud last month, is taking a leave of absence from the Senate, reports KPCC. He is scheduled to be sentenced in May.

BuzzFeed considers the state's film tax incentive program. "The migration of production began in the late ’90s when Canada began offering incentives to lure studios away. By the early ’00s, states like Louisiana began experimenting with their own. Today, there are only six states that don’t," according to the website.

Streetsblog LA has a photo essay on blight in South Los Angeles. "In the month since I first photographed them, (the garbage bags) have been picked apart by scavengers and scattered all over the place, making sidewalk passage even more difficult," writes Sahra Sulaiman.

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