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Maven's Morning Coffee: Legalizing street vending in L.A., UTLA's negotiations with LAUSD, a special election in Long Beach

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


KPCC looks at Los Angeles' plans to legalize street vending. "The economy, and how people are buying their products and getting their services, is changing a bit. And so street food vending fits into the new shared economy," said Councilman Jose Huizar.

United Teachers Los Angeles is backing away from its demand that LAUSD teachers receive a 10 percent pay increase, reports the Daily News. Union president Alex Caputo-Pearl said the pay proposal was reduced in the hopes that a deal could be reached in the next few months.

Long Beach will hold a special election on April 14 to fill a vacancy on the city council, reports the Orange County Register. A councilwoman on the elections oversight committee "expressed concern that there would be low voter turnout if held the day before taxes are due and questioned the timing of the special election," according to the newspaper. The special election will cost the city $200,000.

An employee in the Inland Empire city of Loma Linda was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement after 151 cell phones he purchased for the city went missing, according to the Press-Enterprise. The theft resulted in a $29,000 loss for the city.

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