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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA gets neighborhood prosecutors, ex-Bell officials are broke, e-cigarette ban takes effect

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Today is Friday, April 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


City Attorney Mike Feuer is adding eight neighborhood prosecutors to his office to address quality of life issues in various neighborhoods, reports the Daily News. "To the communities this is a very important symbolic step to deal with our concerns," said Jill Banks Barad, founder of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils.

Former Bell officials Robert Rizzo and Angela Spaccia are "penniless," which means residents are unlikely to ever recover the money the two misappropriated, reports KPCC.

Los Angeles' ban on e-cigarettes will take effect tomorrow, reports City News Service. "The ban goes into effect more than a month after the Los Angeles City Council, citing potentially harmful chemicals emitted via e-cigarette vapors, voted to restrict e-cigarette use in the same areas where tobacco smoking is barred," according to CNS.

Glendale Councilman Dave Weaver is in settlement negotiations with a woman who says the politician groped her breast last year during a fight in a restaurant, reports the Los Angeles Times. "If it happened, it was accidental," Weaver said.



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