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VIDEO: Taking dinner table conversation about politics on tour with 'Bring It To The Table'

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Filmmaker Julie Winokur is asking people across the country to "Bring It To The Table" and talk politics.

It was a conversation with her 17-year-old son that started filmmaker Julie Winokur on her cross-country tour. “He called me the most intolerant person he had ever met.” 

Winokur shrugged off the accusation, saying he just hadn’t lived long enough to know enough intolerant people. He told her, “if you don’t agree with people politically, you don’t even listen to what they have to say. You just dismiss it without even hearing.” That stopped her in her tracks.

Winokur makes videos for Talking Eyes Media, a San Francisco company now located in New Jersey.  Its clients include the James Irvine Foundation. She decided she needed to practice listening to people. So she packed up a folding table, a cameraman and a camera and hit the road.

Bring It To The Table - The Trailer from Talking Eyes Media on Vimeo.


Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD settlement, LAFD gets motorcycles, AEG's big day at City Hall


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A gang member who was shot and paralyzed by LAPD officers will receive a $5.9 million settlement, a judge decided Friday.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, plans to privatize the Convention Center and Los Angeles Zoo are put on hold and local Democrats work to get out the vote.

A Los Angeles judge has ordered the city to pay $5.7 million to a man who was shot and paralyzed by Los Angeles police officers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles City Council had previously rejected a $4.5 million settlement offer in the case. "If the city has to pay some more to show that we stood up and supported our police officers when they did nothing wrong then so be it," said Councilman Paul Krekorian.


Mitt Romney to appear at Beverly Hills fundraiser

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The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Beverly Hills, CA.

Mitt Romney is headed to Beverly Hills Saturday for a fundraiser.

The Republican presidential candidate is scheduled to speak around 5 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton on Wilshire Blvd.

Yes, the same Beverly Hilton where Whitney Houston recently died and where John Edwards had his infamous rendezvous with Rielle Hunter.

But it was also the locale in November 1962 where an angry Richard Nixon, frustrated that he had been defeated by Pat Brown in the California gubernatorial election, lashed out at reporters by saying: “You won’t have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference”.

That Republican went on to become the president in 1968.


The latest odds for California's big money propositions

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Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30, which would raise taxes to bolster funding for education and public safety, has lost some support in the most recent polls.

With so much at stake on the November ballot, we'll see polls more frequently as the election approaches. Here are the latest results: 

Prop 32 — The proposition to ban payroll deductions for political contributions appears up for grabs.

The latest Field Poll, released Friday, shows 38% of voters inclined to support it, and 44% likely to reject it. But 18% of voters haven’t made up their minds yet.

How people feel about the effort to curb special interest money depends a lot on how they view the political influence of unions and corporations. The poll finds that while pluralities think both groups wield too much sway over Sacramento, 67% of respondents are critical of corporations, compared to 47% who disapprove of unions.

Prop 30 v. Prop 38 — Of the two initiatives that would raise taxes to help pay for schools, Prop 30 still leads, but support has slipped.


Maxine Waters expected to be cleared of ethics charges; committee focuses on chief of staff

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U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, was under investigation for alleged ethics violations.

After three years of investigation, the special investigator for the House Ethics Committee says there's no evidence Congresswoman Maxine Waters violated any House rule. The committee is expected to accept the investigator's recommendation to clear Waters. However, the Committee is not ready to let the L.A. Democrat's chief of staff off the hook.

Billy Martin, the outside counsel for the House Ethics Committee says he thinks Mikael Moore, the grandson and chief of staff to Congresswoman Maxine Waters, violated the standards and rules of the House of Representatives.  The conclusion is based on a pair of emails that he says show Moore tried to assist OneUnited Bank.  What was unclear was whether the emails were sent after his boss, Congresswoman Waters, told him to not help a bank in which her husband owned stock.