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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD on immigration, Clinton in OC, more jail oversight

Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala

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Police Chief Charlie Beck talks to the Los Angeles Times about his policies toward immigrant communities.

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

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times looks at police Chief Charlie Beck's relationship with immigrant communities. "It's not so much that I am a dove on immigration. It's that I'm a realist. I recognize that this is the population that I police," he told The Times.

Former President Bill Clinton was in Orange County to drum up support for Democratic congressional candidates, reports KPCC. "I saw California lying flat on its back and then I saw California come roaring back to lead America in the 21st Century," he told a crowd in Irvine.


Updated: Watch and discuss the 3rd-party presidential debate here (archived video)

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Larry King performs onstage at the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City.

Updated: Larry King moderated a third-party presidential debate Tuesday night, including Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) and Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), and we've posted the video here.

Goode and Anderson failed to qualify for the ballot here in California, though our ballots have two third-party candidates who didn’t make this debate: Peace and Freedom candidate Roseanne Barr and American Independent candidate Thomas Hoefling. Still, it’s a chance to see two candidates who did qualify here, Johnson and Stein, express their beliefs and why voters should give them a chance over Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.

Why should you watch, even if you’re voting for Obama or Romney? “This might help you decide who you’re voting for based on what these people say about the candidates. Because they’re all running against Romney and Obama, so they might open your eyes to some things,” moderator King told Politico.


Gov. Brown tries to unmask out-of-state opposition to Prop 30

Gov. Jerry Brown

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to appear at an Inglewood charter school Tuesday to rally support for Proposition 30.

Governor Jerry Brown plans to hit four cities up and down the state Tuesday in an effort to boost voter support for his Proposition 30 tax initiative. He’s turning up the volume on the heels of the No on Prop 30 camp taking in an $11-million donation from a group in Arizona.

The contribution came from Americans for Responsible Leadership, described on its website as an organization that seeks to “advance government accountability, transparency, ethics, and related public policy issues.”   

The Arizona group donated $11 million to the Small Business Action Committee, which is working to defeat Prop 30 and to pass Prop 32, the proposed ban on payroll deductions for political donations. Committee spokeswoman Beth Miller says there’s “nothing untoward” about the donation. 

"We don’t know who contributed to Americans for Responsible Leadership," Miller said. "What we do know is that they are a bonafide organization."


Live from Inglewood: What do you care about most this election season?

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KPCC is broadcasting live from the Serving Spoon in Inglewood. Come tell us what issues matter to you this election season.

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KPCC's Frank Stoltze prepares to go live at The Serving Spoon in Inglewood on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Producer Lauren Osen readies to go live from The Serving Spoon in Inglewood, Calif.

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KPCC is broadcasting live from the Serving Spoon in Inglewood. Come tell us what issues matter to you this election.

Update 12:40pm: The catfish is cold

That'll do it for us from The Serving Spoon. The kitchen's reheating our entrees and, after a full morning fending off the hunger amid the scent of amazing food, we're ready to chow down. 

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Update 12:30 pm: Race and respect

Kris Sims says she feels the President hasn't received the same level of respect as previous presidents, and the reason, she feels, is his race.

"I think the way that even Romney has addressed him even during the debates  is not the same level of respect that he would've had if he wasn't black," Kris said. 


Up to 209 layoffs, salary freeze possible for City of LA (updated)

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling on the Los Angeles City Council to make budget cuts, including 209 layoffs starting Jan. 1, 2013.

When the Los Angeles City Council approved its budget for fiscal year 2012-13, members kicked the can down the road of layoffs. Now, nearly halfway through the year, those 209 layoffs are back. 

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for the layoffs in a letter sent in anticipation of the financial status report from the city administrative officer. The layoffs are expected on Jan. 1, 2013. 

“This is a difficult yet necessary decision,” Villaraigosa said.

Of those 209 positions that are listed on the city’s books, 186 are filled by employees, according to City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who is also recommending that 50 jobs be cut from the City Attorney’s Office. That would end furloughs for the department. 

Even with those layoffs, the city’s budget deficit for 2013-14 would be $216 million. Without the layoffs, the shortfall would increase to $232 million. Just four months into this fiscal year, the city has a $16.6 million deficit.