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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD recruitment, DWP billing problems, a delay for the Calderon brothers

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

Today is Friday, Jan. 23 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A study from RAND Corporation says the LAFD must overhaul its recruitment process if it wants a more diverse force, reports KPCC. "It means reassessing the qualifications that we have for people wanting to join the fire department," according to a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Department of Water and Power's billing problems have now led to two class action lawsuits, reports the Daily News. For more than a year, the utility's new billing system led to inflated bills and outrageous hold times when users called customer service. "We have been very forthright about the problems with our new customer billing system and we have taken significant steps to fix them," said a DWP spokesman.

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, Tom Calderon, want a judge to delay their trial on money laundering and bribery, reports the Sacramento Bee. The two want to push back their trial to August. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Programming note: The Maven is signing off from KPCC. That makes this the final Maven's Morning Coffee. Thank you so much for starting your mornings with the City Maven.

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