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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown undergoes cancer treatments, Animal Services get behavioral assessments, volunteers perform LA County's marriages

Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer, according to his doctor.
Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer, according to his doctor.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Treatment is expected to be complete in four weeks, reports KPCC.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton says now is the time to update Prop 13. "But anytime a thoughtful politician has had the courage to suggest tinkering, there have been howls from homeowners — egged on by anti-tax pros — who fret that their low property assessments are going to skyrocket," he writes.

Animal Services is moving forward with an animal behavior assessment program that the department hopes will help with pet adoptions, according to the Daily News. "Proponents said behavior assessments are research-based and have helped boost adoptions by up to 60 percent at more than 150 humane societies and city shelters," reports the newspaper.

The LA Weekly looks at how Sheriff Lee Baca ended up running such violent county jails. "Baca was beset by insecurities and self-doubt, which made it hard for him to see his own flaws clearly, much less confront them. He seemed to resolve his self-doubts by banishing them, closing himself off from anything that might disturb his sunny aura," according to the paper.

Every year, thousands of marriages at the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office are performed by volunteers, according to KPCC.


9:30 a.m. Ethics Commission, City Hall, room 1060


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