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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jordan Downs denied federal grant, Yaroslavsky makes endorsement, did FBI try to tape Lee Baca's conversations?

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Today is Tuesday, March 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Plans to revitalize the Jordan Downs housing project in Watts are stalled now that the federal government has decided not to award a $30 million grant to the city of L.A., reports the Los Angeles Times. "It's such a kick in the stomach. I can't imagine another community in this country that is more deserving of a little bit of help from the federal government," said Rep. Janice Hahn, who represented the community on the L.A. City Council.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky endorsed Jim McDonnell for sheriff, reports KPCC. "When you have somebody who comes in from the outside, they are not tied to any faction within the department," Yaroslavsky said.

An attorney for an indicted sheriff's deputy says FBI agents wanted the deputy to wear a wire and record conversations with former Sheriff Lee Baca, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is the first indication that FBI agents tried to enlist deputies to record conversations with Baca as part of their ongoing investigation of inmate abuse and corruption inside the Sheriff's Department," according to the newspaper.

Toni Atkins was elected to be the next speaker of the Assembly, according to the Sacramento Bee. She'll take over from incumbent Speaker John Perez some time this spring.

Metro CEO Art Leahy will talk about the future of L.A.'s transportation system at Loyola Marymount University at 5 p.m. LMU


Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss an after-action report on the 2013 shooting at LAX at 11 a.m.

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