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Maven's Morning Coffee: Lawsuit against LA's parking tickets, LAFD rejects thousands of candidates, is LA getting rubber sidewalks?

The city of Los Angeles could soon be considering a motion to repair sidewalks with rubber rather than concrete.
The city of Los Angeles could soon be considering a motion to repair sidewalks with rubber rather than concrete.
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Today is Thursday, Feb. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


L.A. City Councilman Bob Blumenfield wants to use rubber to repair the city's sidewalks, reports CBS 2. The councilman says the city's current concrete sidewalks can't hold up to tree roots and rainwater. "“If we’re serious about greening the Valley and beyond, there’s no reason we shouldn’t be looking towards a more sustainable and cost effective mix of paving materials," Blumenfield says.

Two Angelenos have filed a federal lawsuit calling the city's parking tickets unconstitutional, reports the LA Weekly. A lawyer for the plaintiffs says, "the fines are grossly disproportionate to the failure to put a dollar or two in the meter."

The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAFD rejected applicants based on how quickly they turned in paperwork once a filing period opened. "An overwhelming majority would be quietly eliminated from consideration not because they weren't qualified, but because their physical fitness test record wasn't deemed to have arrived within the first 60 seconds," per the Times.

The San Francisco Chronicle has video of Gov. Jerry Brown speaking at a news conference where he was asked about the drought and whether state Sen. Ron Calderon should resign from office.

Which Way, L.A.? discusses LAUSD's decision to shut down two charter schools.

Photos of three SoCal mountain lions feasting on a deer are posted at LAObserved. "The bar for getting us to pay attention keeps being raised. This new batch meets the test," writes Kevin Roderick.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce that IMAX Entertainment is moving to Los Angeles at 2 p.m.

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