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Maven's Morning Coffee: candidates for sheriff debate, LAUSD superintendent gets a new contract, LA brings in pot shop taxes

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Today is Thursday, March 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC covers last night's debate with six of the seven candidates for sheriff. Much of the debate surrounded allegations of jailhouse abuse. "A federal grand jury has indicted 15 current and former sheriff’s officials in connection with problems at the jails. Another five deputies have been indicted on corruption charges. The investigation is ongoing," per the station

The Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's modified contract. "The amended pact, approved by the Board of Education last week after private discussions, offers the latest evidence of a board that is exerting more control over the direction of the nation's second-largest school system," according to the Times.

Which Way, LA? explores the races for L.A. County sheriff and assessor. Todd Rogers, a candidate for sheriff, is a guest.

A Daily News editorial argues that the city of Los Angeles needs to phase out its gross receipts tax if it wants businesses to succeed. "It would be a smart step to eliminate the tax that takes a percentage off the top, discourages business investment and puts L.A. at a disadvantage to neighboring cities," according to the newspaper.

In the past three years, the city of Los Angeles has taken in $8.6 million in taxes from medical marijuana clinics, repots the Daily News. That news comes as City Attorney Mike Feuer is closing down illegal pot shops.

The Fresno Bee organized a database to show what gifts lobbyists have given to state lawmakers since 2000. According to the newspaper, four members of the Calderon family were among the top 60 legislators to receive the most gifts in the last two years.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the funeral of Officer Nicholas Lee at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels at 9 a.m.

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