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Maven's Morning Coffee: Change needed at LAFD, future of the LA River, forum for secretary of state candidates

An independent study finds the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to undergo sweeping changes in order to better respond to calls and rebuild the public's confidence.
An independent study finds the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to undergo sweeping changes in order to better respond to calls and rebuild the public's confidence. Courtesy Los Angeles Fire Department

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Today is Tuesday, March 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

An independent report found the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to overhaul its leadership structure to better respond to emergencies and rebuild public confidence. The report follows news stories on possible nepotism in the recruitment process and tens of thousands of dollars paid in overtime. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Gawker

KPCC reports ratepayers are paying for a car collision involving Art Chacon, a former member of the Central Basin Municipal Water District, even though he was not working for the water district at the time of the crash. "Although Central Basin's insurance authority determined Chacon was off the clock at the time of the crash, records show the water district has paid out $16,000 to settle a claim related to damages and injuries. Chacon has also received $63,000 in state workers compensation payments for injuries he said he suffered during the crash, records show," per the station.

A Los Angeles Times editorial urges the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to embrace a grander vision of the L.A. River. "Alternative 20 would be an investment in the future of both the river and the city, which of course are intimately linked. It would be more in keeping with the Army Corps' mission to build things to last," per the piece.

Candidates running for secretary of state participated in a forum Monday evening to offer their contrasting views on the job, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford visited Los Angeles City Hall Monday, reports KPCC. Tweet of the Day is L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge's friendly advice to a fellow politician.

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