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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County's new voting system, US education secretary talks preschool, deputy city attorney gets probation

By 2020, new touch screen machines could replace L.A. County's InkaVote system.
By 2020, new touch screen machines could replace L.A. County's InkaVote system.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with a new voting system that would allow voters to make their selections on a touch screen, reports the Los Angeles Times. The new system is expected to be in place for the 2020 election. "Officials said the new system would be easier to navigate and would reduce the risk of errors in filling out and counting ballots. It would also better accommodate non-English speakers and voters with disabilities," per the Times.

The Daily News reports California's water systems lose 228 billion gallons annually. As for the Department of Water and Power, "the sheer amount of water lost is staggering: between 16 million gallons and 36 million of gallons every day, on average, during the past four years," according to the newspaper.

A Los Angeles deputy city attorney was sentenced to probation for possessing child pornography. Christopher Richard Garcia must register as a sex offender and give up his law license, reports the Los Angeles Times.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was in Los Angeles to talk about expanding preschool opportunities to more children, reports KPCC. "If this community and this state can fundamentally break through and take to scale what we know makes a difference in kids' lives, that would be amazing and the implications would be national," Duncan said.

Which Way, LA? speaks with state Superintendent Tom Torlakson and his challenger Marshall Tuck.

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