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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

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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Maven's Morning Coffee: New districts in Anaheim, LA councilmembers' water usage, the number of women in Congress

The Daily News looked at how much water some L.A. City Council members, including Bob Blumenfield, are using even as they call for water conservation.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 10 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Bobby Shriver's election party takes a turn, Bob Hertzberg returns to politics, and former police Chief Bill Bratton still carries sway in L.A.

Voters in Anaheim agreed to create single-member council districts, a change from the city's at-large system, reports KPCC. Measure L was approved with 68 percent of the vote. The new districts will take effect in 2016.

Voice of OC looks at how Asian-American women are becoming the new face of the Republican Party in Orange County. "Five high-profile Asian women -- all Republicans -- dominated Orange County races Tuesday night, with three candidates elected to state office and two to the county Board of Supervisors," according to the piece.

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Election 2014 turnout: Only 1 in 4 LA voters cast ballots in Tuesday's midterm

Voters take to the polls at the First Methodist Church in Santa Monica to cast their vote in the 2014 mid-term election.
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Leading into Tuesday's midterm election, some pointed to a record-low voter turnout in California, and Los Angeles County voters did not disappoint. Only one in four registered voters in Los Angeles County turned in a ballot on Tuesday, according to an early analysis from the county's Registrar-Recorder.

Among the state's counties, only Imperial County had a lower turnout with 22.4 percent of voters casting ballots. Los Angeles County's turnout was 25.5 percent based on the registrar-recorder's pre-certified results and preliminary data from the California Secretary of State's office.

The dismal participation rates come on the heels of June's primary, in which just 17 percent of Los Angeles county's 4.5 million registered voters cast ballots. (Primary elections usually bring out fewer voters.)

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Shakeup coming to Board of Supervisors, LAUSD wants more cops, former state senator heads to jail (updated)

The Los Angeles Times considers the major shakeup coming to the Board of Supervisors.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 31 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Gov. Jerry Brown cast his ballot yesterday, days ahead of Tuesday's election. The governor declined to say what he decided on Propositions 45 and 46, or which candidate he picked for state superintendent. "Those I’m going to leave to the secrecy of the ballot," he told the Sacramento Bee.

The Los Angeles Times reports the Board of Supervisors is making major decisions in the weeks leading up to the biggest shift in the board's makeup in decades. "Facing a historic changing of the guard, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has been making moves designed to solidify what members view as a legacy of fiscal responsibility, and some believe, box in their successors on key personnel and labor decisions," per the Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Maria Elena Durazo leaves county Fed, Supervisor Antonovich endorses his chief of staff, a look at Measure E in Orange County

Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, addressed the crowd at Santa Monica Car Wash where union officials and community leaders rallied Monday, May 21.
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Today is Thursday, Oct. 30 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The county Fed's Maria Elena Durazo is leaving to work on immigration and civil rights issues for Unite Here, the hospitality industry's union. "I have proudly led a movement that has extended the hand of labor to those who need us the most—those workers whose access to the American Dream have been blocked by poverty and callous employers," Durazo said in announcing her departure. LA Times, KPCC, Daily News

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