Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Police union knocks Garcetti, Tony Cardenas gets a new role, how smart are American voters?

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The L.A. Police Protective League is criticizing Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving the city for 12 days while LAPD officers continue to work without a contract.

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Today is Friday, Nov. 14 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The Police Protective League is knocking Mayor Eric Garcetti for leaving on a trip to Asia when LAPD officers are working without a contract. "Where, you ask, is Mayor Eric Garcetti? He is leaving L.A. on Saturday on a 12-day junket to Asia – further proof that public safety is way down on his list of priorities," per the LAPPL's blog.

The LA Weekly profiles attorney Robert Silverstein, who has repeatedly sued the city of Los Angeles over developments in the Hollywood area. "Five times in front of five different judges, Silverstein has prevailed in his legal battle against Mayor Eric Garcetti's push to transform Hollywood into a kind of dense, Century City–meets–Warner Center skyscraper zone," according to the Weekly.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's street resurfacing, fallout from Prop 47, how Sheila Kuehl won her election

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced new initiatives Wednesday intended to pave more streets in Los Angeles.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 13 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a set of initiatives Wednesday intended to provide more funding for street paving in Los Angeles, according to Streetsblog LA. "All told, we are going to pay another 200 miles of road, every year, on top of the 200 miles of road in this year’s budget. That’s 400 miles extra more of road paved every single year," the mayor said.

An exit poll from Loyola Marymount University found Supervisor-elect Sheila Kuehl won last week's election by appealing to women, liberals and the LGBT community, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. That was in contrast to her opponent, Bobby Shriver, who picked up support from Republicans, Catholics and younger voters. "“If you’re looking for one reason why Sheila Kuehl won, it’s the gender gap," said Cal State Northridge political scientist Tom Hogen-Esch.

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These California cities scored best and worst for LGBT-friendly policies

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Long Beach's Robert Garcia is the first openly gay mayor of the city. Garcia, as councilman and now mayor, helped to boost Long Beach's ranking on LBGT-friendly policies to a perfect 100 this year.

Six California cities received perfect scores for having the best policies and laws for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and employees.

Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco and West Hollywood each scored  100 on the 2014 Municipal Equality Index. The index compares  the nation's 200 largest cities, all state capitals and cities with high proportions of same-sex couples.

Two national LGBT civil rights organizations, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and  Equality Federation Institute, publish the list.

For Long Beach, which recently elected its first openly gay mayor, the city repeated last year's showing with the maximum possible 100 points, said Josh Steichmann, spokesman for Equality California, a civil rights group that helped collect data for the list.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Long Beach's new police chief, a supervisor's race in Orange County, confusion over fracking in LA

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The incoming Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna thanks his supporters during a press conference to announce this new appointment. The outgoing chief, Jim McDonnell, will become the new Los Angeles County Sheriff after winning the seat in the recent election.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 12 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Deputy Chief Robert Luna will be the new police chief in Long Beach, reports KPCC. Luna, who has been with the department for 29 years, will be the first Latino to oversee the police department. "I truly have a passion for this profession, this city and I absolutely love this police department," he said.

A Los Angeles Times editorial suggests the L.A. County Board of Supervisors should hold off on key appointments until Supervisors-elect Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl are sworn in. "It is now time to ensure that the newly elected leaders are able to exercise the power that voters vested in them," according to the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County's mentally ill inmates, taxpayers on hook for Made in America, Long Beach gets a new police chief

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District Attorney Jackie Lacey is expected to release a report Wednesday on L.A. County's challenges in handling mentally ill inmates.

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

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The Made in America concert pursued by Mayor Eric Garcetti will cost L.A. taxpayers at least $170,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. That's because the concert promoter, Live Nation, only paid $500,000 to cover the city's expenses. However, the mayor told the Times he believes an economic report will ultimately show the city benefitted by receiving additional tax revenues.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey will release a report Wednesday that finds the criminal system "is failing to humanely and effectively deal with mentally ill people who commit crimes," reports KPCC. "It is often more time efficient for law enforcement to book an individual into jail on a minor charge…rather than spend many hours waiting in a psychiatric emergency department for an individual to be seen," according to the report.

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