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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD's new chief, sheltering undocumented children in LA, marijuana farmers market shut down

Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was named fire chief by Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday. His appointment is subject to approval by the L.A. City Council.
Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was named fire chief by Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday. His appointment is subject to approval by the L.A. City Council. Photo by Eileen Rivard via Flickr Creative Commons

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Today is Wednesday, July 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Los Angeles today, speaking about education and support for veterans, according to City News Service.

Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was nominated to be the next chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. "I will dedicate our efforts on transforming the LAFD into a metric-driven, technologically sophisticated, community-focused organization that is reflective of the communities we serve," he said. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles may shelter undocumented children who have crossed over the border, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Federal money would flow to pay for legal representation and temporary shelter, while local nonprofits are expected to help find homes for the children," the Times quoted Mayor Eric Garcetti as saying.

The Los Angeles Register reports a judge ordered a Boyle Heights a medical marijuana farmers market to shut down for 14 days. "The legal question is whether an authorized dispensary can play host to medical marijuana vendors who aren’t on the list in a kind of swap meet," according to the newspaper.

No surprise here: that downtown mural from Foster the People was not properly permitted, reports the LA Weekly.

Buzzfeed snapped a picture of a dilapidated Moreno Valley home that until recently belonged to former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Town records show that the house — which recently featured boarded-up windows, peeling blue and white paint, and cinderblocks in the weed-choked front yard — racked up a series of code violations," according to the website.

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