Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Corrections Dept. gets bad report about health care at Corcoran Prison (updated)

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Independent investigators found an array of problems that they say threaten the health and safety of inmates at Corcoran State Prison.

As California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation deals with an ongoing hunger strike and having to move more then 2,500 inmates this week from two prisons plagued by Valley Fever, the department received another bit of bad news Monday: Independent court investigators have found medical care at Corcoran State Prison to be sorely lacking.

In a report filed in Federal Court, three independent investigators found an array of problems that they say threaten the health and safety of inmates at the Central Valley prison:

“Clinical supervision of providers and oversight of medical care at Corcoran is grossly inadequate and threatens the safety of patients.”

Among the findings:

--Medical staff were observed repeatedly failing to wash their hands before treating patients. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Asian-American political community, child welfare commission, Q&A with new LA councilman

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

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A blue-ribbon commission backed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will meet this week to talk about improving the child welfare system.

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Today is Tuesday, July 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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KPCC looks at how the Asian-American community is recruiting young people to get involved in politics. "Political analysts talk a lot about growing Latino political influence in California, but Asian Americans are the fastest growing group of voters. By 2025, Asian Americans are projected to be 18 percent of California’s population and comprise more than 12 percent of registered voters," according to the station.

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Asian-American academy seeks to develop new political leaders

Danny Chee Kwan, Iraq War Veteran, Asian American politics

Frank Stoltze

Danny Chee Kwan is an Iraq War veteran who is participating in an Asian American leadership academy in Southern California.

Danny Chee Kwan, Iraq War Veteran, Asian American politics

Frank Stoltze

Danny Chee Kwan is an Iraq War veteran who is participating in an Asian American leadership academy in Southern California.


For four years, Danny Chee Kwan served in the U.S. Marine Corps. But it’s not his two tours in Iraq and Afghanistan that inspires his interest in politics. It is his experience of coming home.

“The reason I want to be politics is so I can do more to help returning veterans,” Kwan said. “I’ve had six friends that actually committed suicide not too long ago. That’s more than the amount of friends that I had killed in combat.  There’s something seriously wrong with that.”

Kwan, 25, is one of nine young people selected by the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment – or CAUSE – for its summer leadership academy. The San Gabriel resident will work on veteran’s issues with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano as part of an internship program.

As Asian-Americans seek to exercise more political power in Southern California, CAUSE is working to find new young leaders who might run for office or serve in government.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: questions for new Compton councilman, bathrooms on Skid Row, LA city councilman's transit policies

Compton City Seal

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Compton's new Latino councilman is drawing criticism for failing to file campaign finance documents and for hiring a staffer with a criminal past.

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 Monday, July 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Compton Councilman Isaac Galvan has only been in office for a few weeks but he's already drawing criticism for failing to file his campaign finance documents, hiring a staffer with a criminal pass, and refusing to answer questions about his residency, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In the wake of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's announcement that he'll seek therapy for harassing women, KPCC questions why sexual harassment claims are not more prevalent in Washington, DC.

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6 reasons why sexual harassment complaints aren't more common in DC

Bob Filner

Charles Dharapak

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner served in Congress for almost two decades, which included a stint as Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that he's checking himself in for two weeks of therapy in August — but not resigning. This after four additional women — including a retired Navy rear admiral and a dean at San Diego State University — accused him of sexual harassment.

All seven of the women who have accused Filner of inappropriate behavior are in California. So far, no accusations have come from Washington, D.C., where Filner served as a Congressman for almost two decades.

Could his behavior have only begun when he became San Diego's mayor last year?  Or is there a reason why no complaints against Filner have surfaced in D.C.? Well, in fact, there are six possible reasons why such claims aren't generally more prevalent:

Reason 1: Capitol Hill is not like anywhere else.

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