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Maven's Morning Coffee: abuse in county jails, opposition to water measure, questions on neighborhood council elections

Sheriff Lee Baca says he is working on reducing violence in Los Angeles County jails.
Sheriff Lee Baca says he is working on reducing violence in Los Angeles County jails.
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Today is Thursday, Dec. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


KPCC looks at the laundry list of abuse allegations that come out of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department. "It’s hard for us on this side of the table to really know what goes on within our jails. Use of force by far is one of the most difficult issues," says Supervisor Gloria Molina.

Anger at City Hall seems to be the theme for the race in Los Angeles' Third District, according to the Daily News. Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield is among the six candidates who have qualified for the March ballot.

School districts are opposing L.A. County's Clean Water, Clean Beaches measure, saying it will cost millions in new fees, according to the Daily News. A public meeting on the measure will be held on Jan. 15.

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon defends the decision to use city funds to reopen the Children's Museum in the San Fernando Valley, in a letter to the Daily News. "The city was put into this difficult situation because of decisions made before I returned to the council, when the Children's Museum building was completed without proper funding mechanisms in place to ensure a successful operation," he writes.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner takes some shots at his former colleagues in the U.S. Congress, per KPCC. "Many of them had never had any government experience. They had no respect as it were for government per se. I mean, I don’t know why you run for government office with the intent to close up government," he says.

A Los Angeles Times editorial considers who should be allowed to vote in a neighborhood council election. "If a person buys a cup of coffee at Starbucks, that clearly wouldn't constitute an ongoing relationship. But suppose he buys one every day?" according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join police Chief Charlie Beck and Sheriff Lee Baca at LAPD Headquarters at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the city's gun buyback program.




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