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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti's first year, LAPD murder statistics, a final tally for controller

Mayor Eric Garcetti marks one year in office this week.
Mayor Eric Garcetti marks one year in office this week.
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Today is Monday, June 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti marks one year in office, the police union gets into negotiations, and the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. prepares for its annual awards.

The Daily News and the Los Angeles Times consider Mayor Eric Garcetti's first year in office. "No mayor could have dented all of L.A.’s problems in just one year. But Garcetti could have shown that he has the political courage to do what’s needed. On that, the jury is out," according to the Daily News.

The Los Angeles Police Department did not accurately report the number of murders it solved in two of the past five years, according to the Daily News. "Poor record-keeping and a shortage of clerks in recent years has led to the department filing statistics with the state and FBI that are far below the reality, officials say, making Los Angeles look more dangerous than it really is," per the piece.

A final tally on whether Assemblyman John Perez or Board of Equalization member Betty Yee will be in the runoff for controller could come today, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The winner will face Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin in November.

Small grocers will not be allowed to use plastic bags starting Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Small grocers are being required to transition from cheap plastic to more expensive paper. Some business owners worry that the added cost will cut into their already-thin profit margins," per the Times.

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