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Maven's Morning Coffee: ArtWalk's arrests, Vernon's election, Cudahy's corruption

Los Angeles police officers and Occupy LA protesters clashed at ArtWalk, leading to 19 arrests and four injuries.
Los Angeles police officers and Occupy LA protesters clashed at ArtWalk, leading to 19 arrests and four injuries.
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Today is Friday, July 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Nineteen people were arrested and four police officers were injured last night during a clash at the downtown ArtWalk, reports the Los Angeles Times. The melee appears to have stemmed from OccupyLA's chalkwalk demonstration.

Unhappy with the latest election results, Vernon city officials want to conduct their own hearing on election challenges, rather than certify the results from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The whole idea of the city moving toward an open and transparent election process was to be consistent … and this is arguably not consistent. It certainly opens the city up to some more scrutiny now," said the registrar/recorder Dean Logan.

Two former Cudahy city officials will plead guilty to federal bribery and extortion charges for taking $5,000 bribes from a medical marijuana clinic owner, reports KPCC. Former Mayor David Silva also admitted to receiving other bribes, including $50,000 from a developer. Angel Perales, who ran the city's Code Enforcement, describes throwing out absentee ballots during the 2007 and 2009 elections and routinely obtaining narcotic pain medication for city officials.

Streetsblog LA looks at how the city of Los Angeles' slow permitting process means public transit users in low-income areas end up waiting for buses at stops without benches or shelters.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the LAPD graduation ceremony at the Police Academy at 8 a.m.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina will attend the grand opening of affordable housing for troubled youths at 11 a.m. 413 Progress Place in Los Angeles.




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