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Maven's Morning Coffee: fraud in the Assessor's Office, Rep. Jerry Lewis leaves Congress, crime down in LA

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The Los Angeles Times looks at how massive fraud could have allegedly taken place in the county Assessor's Office.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Los Angeles Times looks at how such massive fraud could allegedly be carried out in the Assessor's Office. "At least part of the answer lies in the obscurity the assessor's office, the lack of outside scrutiny and the sheer size of the property tax rolls, which make it difficult to detect reductions, even when they amount to hundreds of millions of dollars," according to The Times.

Rep. Jerry Lewis is leaving Congress after three decades of service. The congressman tells KPCC that after his first two years in Washington, D.C., "I came within an inch of going back to California and running for Lieutenant Governor because it was so inane."

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Maven's Morning Coffee: abuse in county jails, opposition to water measure, questions on neighborhood council elections

LA Jails

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Sheriff Lee Baca says he is working on reducing violence in Los Angeles County jails.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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KPCC looks at the laundry list of abuse allegations that come out of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. "It’s hard for us on this side of the table to really know what goes on within our jails. Use of force by far is one of the most difficult issues," says Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Anger at City Hall seems to be the theme for the race in Los Angeles' Third District, according to the Daily News. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is among the six candidates who have qualified for the March ballot.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DA declines Andrea Alarcon case, the meaning of Henry's Tacos, and it's the end of the world

Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

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The District Attorney's Office will not prosecute Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works, on child endangerment charges.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Los Angeles Times looks at what's made Henry's Tacos a San Fernando Valley landmark, at least for its customers. "Food stands like Henry's Tacos began popping up around Los Angeles in the 1940s and became popular quick-lunch destinations in a city with a mild climate. Many have closed in this era of the drive-through," according to the piece.

The District Attorney's Office says it will not prosecute Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works, in a child endangerment case, according to the Daily News. The case was referred to the City Attorney's Office for review.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Herb Wesson's pick for Ethics Commission, Mike Feuer writes about gun violence, LA's mayoral field is wide open

City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

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L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson's selection for the Ethics Commission is the wife of a City Hall fundraiser.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is getting criticism for appointing the wife of a campaign fundraiser to the Ethics Commission, reports the Los Angeles Times. Erin Pak's husband has raised money for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Councilman Eric Garcetti.

The Los Angeles Times looks at how mayoral candidates are building coalitions to make it to the May runoff. "In a sense, political observers say, it's the up-for-grabs election," according to the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: grand jury investigation into Sheriff's Department, county assessor keeps his job, Gov. Brown rejects parole for arsonist

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A grand jury is looking into whether L.A. County sheriff's deputies tried to hide an inmate from federal authorities after they discovered he was an FBI informant.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A federal grand jury is investigating whether sheriff's deputies attempted to hide an inmate from federal authorities after they learned that the man was a FBI informant who was collecting information on corrupt deputies, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The grand jury investigation underscores the rift that developed last year between the Sheriff's Department and federal authorities after deputies discovered the FBI had cultivated an inmate informant as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into the department's jails," according to the newspaper.

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