Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Kevin James defends City Hall, LAUSD prepares for special election, does LA need a homeless czar?

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Former mayoral candidate Kevin James was a political outsider who called for City Hall reforms. Now, he finds himself defending the system.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, City Hall plays softball, Sacramento comes to L.A., and Councilman Tom LaBonge celebrates Hollywood.

The president of the Board of Public Works, Kevin James, was once a political outsider but now he finds himself defending City Hall, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Kevin has joined the system. It's distressing to see someone who knows better buying into the idea that we have to protect the system from reform," said Ron Kaye, former editor of the Daily News.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jailhouse abuses, criticism of a Street Services audit, councilman tries to clean up Venice Beach

Lee Baca

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A new report is critical of former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and their roles in jailhouse abuses.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A new report criticizes former Sheriff Lee Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka for allowing abuse to take place in the county jails, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Paul Tanaka managed to repay Baca's loyalty, quick promotions, and sustained mentoring by undercutting the Department's moral authority and mocking the values that Lee Baca so often professed to be central to his vision," the report says, according to the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAUSD special election, Congressional race on Westside, controversy over West Hollywood development

A student on his way to school walks pas

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The LA Weekly notes that the LAUSD's District 1 has the city's lowest test scores and lowest graduation rate. There's a special election next week to select its newest board member. The primary saw just 8 percent voter turnout.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The LA Weekly explains why the special election for the LAUSD Board of Education is so important, even though just 8 percent of voters turned out for its primary. "As a group, schools in District 1, which takes in most of South Los Angeles, have the lowest test scores and among the lowest graduation rates of any in Los Angeles," per the Weekly.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says the Board of Supervisors got it wrong when it declined to create a civilian oversight panel for the Sheriff's Department. "The deep problems with the Sheriff’s Department may have less to do with the sheriff than they do with the board, which can’t sufficiently share power or loosen its absolute control over information to safeguard the safety of county residents and the effectiveness of their tax dollars," per the piece.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Former LA City Council aide arrested, Board of Supervisors votes against oversight, the politics of education in South LA

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price

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A former City Hall lobbyist and aide to Councilman Curren Price was arrested Tuesday for allegedly taking part in an embezzlement scheme.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A former lobbyist and aide to L.A. City Councilman Curren Price was arrested in an embezzlement scheme involving a member of the West Basin Municipal Water District. Prosecutors say Rob Katherman funneled money from his nonprofit to Ronald Smith in order to cover his personal expenses, including school tuition and tennis and dance lessons for his children. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, Daily Breeze

A proposal to create a civilian oversight panel for the Sheriff's Department was defeated by the Board of Supervisors. One of the dissenting votes, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, argued the Office of the Inspector General should have time to take shape before a new body is created. "When everyone's in charge, no one's in charge," he said. Los Angeles Times, KPCC

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor supports Chief Beck, Legislature considers water bond, low turnout expected in LAUSD special election

Eric Garcetti

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Mayor Eric Garcetti says he has confidence in police Chief Charlie Beck, despite recent media reports on his possible involvement in disciplinary cases.

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 5, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti continues to support police Chief Charlie Beck despite allegations that the chief may have influenced a disciplinary case involving his daughter, report KPCC. "This is a police chief I’m very happy with and has done a great job," the mayor told reporters at City Hall.

The state Legislature has a week to craft a new water bond for the Nov. 4 ballot, reports the Sacramento Bee. "Beyond partisan maneuvering, the two biggest variables are the size of the bond and the specific projects it would finance. (Gov. Jerry) Brown has proposed $6 billion, while other proposals floating around the Capitol range upward to the $11.1 billion pending measure," according to the piece.

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