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Maven's Morning Coffee: Bell administrator sentenced to prison, South LA sidewalks fixed, DWP shuts off electricity to delinquent customers

Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Irfan Khan/AFP/Getty Images

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Today is Thursday, April 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo was sentenced to 12 years in prison on corruption charges. He was also ordered to pay $9 million in restitution. "I breached the public's confidence. I am very sorry for that," he said in court. Los Angeles Times, KPCC

Which Way, LA? considers the culture of corruption in Los Angeles County.

The Department of Water and Power has resumed shutting off electricity to delinquent customers, saying that is ongoing billing problems have been resolved, reports the Daily News. The utility has a backlog of $242 million in unpaid bills. "Ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel said DWP is justified in again cutting off delinquents 'now that the system is showing progress and more stable'," per the newspaper.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay-Z announced the Made in America festival will come to Grand Park over Labor Day weekend. Tickets are on sale, though the city and concert organizers are still negotiating a contract. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC

KPCC looks at attorney David Kanuth and how he was able to raise $800,000 for his Westside congressional race. "The money Kanuth raised, all from individual donors, shows his viability as a candidate, he claimed. He said he started with a stack of blank index cards left over from his law school days, writing down names of people to contact for donations and then making call after call," per the station.

L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks is fixing 130 of the worst sidewalks in his district, reports NBC 4. The councilman is using $350,000 in his discretionary funds to hire private contractors to repair the sidewalks.

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