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Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Alarcon found guilty, LAUSD negotiates with union, history of freeways in LA

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Today is Thursday, July 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies Wednesday for lying about where he lived. Alarcon could face as much as six years in state prison when he's sentenced in September. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Former Bell Mayor George Cole was sentenced to home confinement for his role in the city's corruption scandal, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There’s no way to express the shame, the remorse," Cole said at his sentencing.

LAUSD and the teachers' union face a $280 million disagreement on how much teachers should be paid a year, reports the Daily News. "The school district’s latest written offer this week was rejected outright by representatives of United Teachers Los Angeles, who say the proposed 6.64 percent across-the-board raise doesn’t even restore income previously lost to furloughs days," according to the newspaper.

City Lab considers why Beverly Hills was able to block construction of a freeway but the Boyle Heights neighborhood wasn't. "Armed with all the studies and consulting reports its wealth could amass, Beverly Hills defeated a highway project in 1975 that would have run through its center. With no such resources, the heavily Hispanic area of Boyle Heights watched six freeways slice through the neighborhood over the years, including two massive interchanges less than two miles apart," per the blog.

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