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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jailhouse abuses, criticism of a Street Services audit, councilman tries to clean up Venice Beach

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Today is Friday, Aug. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A new report criticizes former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka for allowing abuse to take place in the county jails, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Paul Tanaka managed to repay Baca's loyalty, quick promotions, and sustained mentoring by undercutting the Department's moral authority and mocking the values that Lee Baca so often professed to be central to his vision," the report says, according to the Times.

KCET considers the larger context of the school board race between George McKenna and Alex Johnson. "It's been a calling to the carpet of years of politics as usual, which holds that the kingmaker chooses who runs for what office and who sits it out. Black voters, used to following the lead of the kingmaker who is close with church pastors and other organizational leaders, follows suit. Not this time," per the piece.

The president of the Board of Public Works isn't too happy about an audit that found Street Services kept shoddy records and failed to collect millions of dollars in fees, reports the Los Angeles Times. "They think that the bureau is mismanaging money. And the bureau is not," said Kevin James.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin discusses his efforts to clean up Venice Beach with the Argonaut. "Venice Beach is supposed to be one of the jewels of our community. In many ways it is the face of our community. And we are going to marshal every city resource to turn it around," Bonin says.

Neon Tommy found the highlights of a Reddit discussion with a LADOT employee. Topics include illegally painted curbs, parking restrictions and really long red lights.

Tweet of the Day goes to interim fire Chief Jim Featherstone.

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