Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff Baca speaks to Sherman Oaks, Boeing closes plant in Long Beach, LA city and county support the Olympics

LA Jails

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Sheriff Lee Baca focused his speech to Sherman Oaks residents on crime rates and charitable giving Wednesday evening, shying away from comments on a federal investigation into his jails.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Sheriff Lee Baca spoke in Sherman Oaks Wednesday night, where he focused on crime rates and charitable giving, rather than the federal investigation into L.A. County's jail system, reports KPCC. "Baca, who is seeking a fifth term next year as L.A. County's top law enforcement official, said only that he was dealing with a few 'knuckleheads' in the Sheriff’s Department and promised, 'I’ll take care of them'," according to the station.

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Sheriff Baca mum on federal jail inquiries in Sherman Oaks talk

Sheriff Lee Baca

Frank Stoltze

Sheriff Lee Baca insisted his department is in good shape, despite two federal investigations into his jail system. "People want to think the Sheriff's Department is falling apart," he said. "The Sheriff's Department is not in bad shape.”

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca touted lower crime rates and his charitable giving in an appearance at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association Thursday night, while skirting the biggest problem facing his department: two federal investigations into his sprawling jail system, which houses nearly 20,000 inmates.

Baca, who is seeking a fifth term next year as L.A. County's top law enforcement official, said only that he was dealing with a few "knuckleheads" in the Sheriff’s Department and promised, "I’ll take care of them."

The United States Justice Department is conducting an investigation into allegations that deputies beat up inmates at Men’s Central Jail in downtown L.A. The federal government is also examining whether the Sheriff’s Department engaged in a pattern of violating inmates’ civil rights, especially in its delivery of mental health services.

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Southern California politicos join MPAA fight over online piracy

Dodd and Schiff, MPAA

Kitty Felde/KPCC

Former Sen. Chris Dodd, who now heads the Motion Picture Association of America, and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Glendale) talk movies on Capitol Hill.

The head of the motion picture industry was on Capitol Hill Wednesday touting a new study that shows the role search engines play in directing online users to sites that post pirated movies and TV shows. Lawmakers representing movie and TV workers want more cooperation from Google and other search engines.

The Motion Picture Association of America collected data on how consumers find pirated movies and TV programs online. The MPAA study shows that between 2010 and 2012, search engines were responsible for 20% of traffic to illegal sites. That may not sound like much, but that’s four billion site visits a year to watch bootleg films and TV shows.

Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu -- co-chair of the House Creative Rights Caucus -- says piracy costs more than $16 billion a year  and 141,000 jobs, creating real consequences for her district.  She says her San Gabriel Valley district isn't home to superstars -- "the people that make the megabucks." She says it does have the people who work behind the scenes, "such as set designers, makeup artists and lighting technicians." 

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Democrat Dababneh, Republican Shelley advance to runoff in 45th Assembly District race

Matt Dababneh and Susan Shelley

Dababneh and Shelley campaigns

Democrat Matt Dababneh and Republican Susan Shelley will face off Nov. 19 in the race for the 45th State Assembly District seat.

A senior aide to Rep. Brad Sherman and a writer who has authored books on the US Constitution have advanced to a November 19 runoff for the 45th State Assembly District seat in the west San Fernando Valley. 

Democrat Matt Dababneh, Sherman's district chief of staff, and Republican Susan Shelley finished in Tuesday's primary with 25 and 21 percent of the vote, respectively. The winner of the runoff will fill a vacancy created when Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield was elected to the Los Angeles City Council. 

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party backed Dababneh over six other Democrats in the race. The Daily News editorial page endorsed both Dababneh and Shelley out of the field of 11 candidates. 

In another special election, Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell was elected to the state Senate seat vacated when Curren Price was elected to the L.A. City Council. Mitchell won 80 percent of the vote in the 26th Senate District, which includes Bel-Air, Leimert Park and Los Feliz. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County sends inmates to fire camps, Long Beach port project goes overbudget, LAX terminal set to open

Inmates at California's Chino State Prison in December 2010.

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L.A. County inmates will be sent to state fire camps in an effort to reduce the jail population.

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.

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

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Los Angeles County will move hundreds of inmates to state firefighting camps in an effort to reduce to the jail population, according to KPCC. Approximately 528 inmates will be sent at a time, where serving at fire camps can double an inmate's credit for time served.

Anaheim police are seeking the public's help in hiring a new police chief, a sign that the department is trying to rebuild its relationship with the community, reports KPCC. "There's been a lot of dialogue between the citizens, the city, and the police department, and we've done a lot of listening," says Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

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