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Maven's Morning Coffee: Protests at LAPD, reducing ambulance wait times, paying for Made in America festival

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Today is Monday, Aug. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Chief Charlie Beck is reappointed, Mayor Eric Garcetti goes one last round with IBEW Local 18, and candidate Elan Carr is named a "young gun."

Hundreds of people rallied outside LAPD headquarters Sunday to protest the police shooting of Ezell Ford, reports the Los Angeles Times. Meanwhile, KPCC reports on the anger and sadness in the South L.A. neighborhood where Ford was killed. "I remember seeing him lie on the ground, shot dead, handcuffed on his stomach. That's what I remember in my mind," a neighbor told the station.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at how the city of Los Angeles can reduce "wall time," which occurs when ambulance crews wait at a hospital until their patient is admitted. "Placing handoff medical personnel in emergency rooms would free up crews, alleviate backups, save money and speed up help to people in crisis. The same is true for making better use of clinics," he writes.

Community members are upset that Compton school police can now carry AR-15 rifles on campuses, reports KPCC. "This escalation of weapons we feel is very unnecessary," according to the founder of the Compton Democratic Club.

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to approve the finances of the Made in America festival tomorrow, according to KPCC. The concert promoter is expected to reimburse the city $500,000 for services related to the two-day concert. A spokeswoman for Grand Park says a contract is not yet in place to rent the park, even though the concert is just two weeks away.

Instagram of the Day goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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