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Maven's Morning Coffee: 2020 Commission's report, LA County's child welfare system, LAPD officer dies

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Today is Thursday, April 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The 2020 Commission released 13 recommendations Wednesday that essentially called for greater transparency and regional coordination if Los Angeles is going to be a 21st Century city. "This gives us a map, it gives us a direction as to where we can go," said council President Herb Wesson. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, LA Weekly

KPCC looks at one of the 2020 Commission's boldest recommendation -- merging the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. "The combining of the two ports is one of the worst ideas I have ever heard of," says the vice president of the Harbor Commission in Long Beach.

Los Angeles County's child welfare system is in a state of emergency and needs drastic reforms, according to a report obtained by the Daily News. "Nothing short of a complete rethinking about how the county ensures safe and supportive care for abused and at risk children will lead to the seamless and comprehensive child welfare system that the county has needed for decades," per the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection.

An LAPD motorcycle officer who was struck by an allegedly impaired driver over the weekend died Wednesday. Chris Cortijo was with the department for 27 years. "The tragedy is that he gave his life up because of somebody who callously … operated a vehicle under the influence," said police Chief Charlie Beck.

A Daily News editorial urges the Los Angeles City Council to argue over "real issues." "Let’s have more public arguments. But about real issues. There will plenty of real issues after Mayor Eric Garcetti delivers his first State of the City speech Thursday and issues his first budget proposal," according to the newspaper.

Bloomberg Businessweek profiles congressional candidate Marianne Williamson. "If any district in America might embrace Williamson, it’s the 33rd," according to the piece.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will give his State of the City address at 5 p.m.

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