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Maven's Morning Coffee: Reforming LA's child welfare system, leadership changes in LA County, death of off-duty LAFD pilot

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Today is Tuesday, June 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC reports on the bureaucratic challenges of reforming Los Angeles County's child welfare system. "Notably, the commission's recommendation to create a single entity to oversee child welfare (instead of the myriad agencies that currently control pieces of the system) may take away powers and funding streams legally designated to other agencies, the report said," per the station.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton considers the leadership changes coming to Los Angeles County. "If there's an argument for term limits, it's the Board of Supervisors, and if there's a need for new blood, it's in the rest of the county's elected leadership. Change is badly overdue, and it is coming fast," he writes.

The state Senate passed new ethics rules Monday that will ban senators from collecting fundraising checks during the last four weeks of the legislative session. However, a second bill, which supported a wider fundraising blackout and which would have applied to both houses of the Legislature failed, reports Capitol Alert.

An off-duty Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter pilot was killed in a plane crash near El Mirage Dry Lake, reports the LAFD. Brian Lee was with the department for 25 years.

Tweet of the Day goes to Assemblyman Ian Calderon.



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