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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD officer shot inside police station, a Q&A with Eli Broad, California gets a low grade on elections

Outside the Wilshire station where an LAPD officer was shot Monday, April 7, 2014.
Outside the Wilshire station where an LAPD officer was shot Monday, April 7, 2014.
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Today is Tuesday, April 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A Los Angeles police officer was shot seven times Monday night when a gunman walked into the LAPD's West Bureau and opened fired, reports the Los Angeles Times and KPCC. The wounded officer and a second cop were able to return fire. The gunman is now in critical condition.

Los Angeles Magazine has a Q&A with Eli Broad. On the subject of Mayor Eric Garcetti: "I like Eric Garcetti, but let’s see how tough he’s going to be on some of these issues" and on whether he is trying to buy the Los Angeles Times: "The answer is yes."

L.A.'s top budget official is recommending the city add more trash cans, toilets and showers to the Skid Row area, reports the Daily News. There are nearly 4,000 people living in Skid Row shelters or on the streets. "The concentration poses a constant challenge to keep the area clean and safe for the residents and business owners, as well as for the homeless individuals who live there," Miguel Santana wrote in his report.

When it comes to elections, California gets a low grade, according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts Election Performance Index, per KPCC. "California scored in the bottom quarter of states overall. It was the state with the highest percentage of mail-in ballots that are issued but not returned to the registrar — about 29 percent," according to the station.

Which Way, LA? talks about the lack of women in the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Tweet of the Day goes to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' selfie.



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