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Maven's Morning Coffee: settlement for Antelope Valley victims, new LAUSD president, uncertain future for pot shops

Antelope Valley residents who were harassed by Sheriff's Deputies will receive a $12.5 million settlement.
Antelope Valley residents who were harassed by Sheriff's Deputies will receive a $12.5 million settlement.
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Today is Tuesday, July 2, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Antelope Valley residents who were the victims of harassment will receive $12.5 million from Los Angeles County, Lancaster and Palmdale, reports the Los Angeles Times. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, "Antelope Valley authorities conducted a systematic effort to discriminate against African Americans who received low-income subsidized housing and that sheriff's deputies engaged in widespread unlawful searches of homes, improper detentions and unreasonable force."

The Los Angeles Times looks at how medical marijuana clinics are responding to Measure D. "Dispensaries have grown so accustomed to the city's stops and starts that some are ignoring the recent letters warning them to shut down," according to The Times.

The Los Angeles Unified School District board will elect a new president today, per KPCC. "For the last six years that leader has been board member Monica Garcia. A new rule written by her critics on the board keeps her from running for president again," according to the station.

Today is the metaphorical first day of school for about one-third of the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. "It really hasn't sunk in yet. I don't expect it to become real until after the first council meeting," says Councilman Mitch O'Farrell.

A Los Angeles Times editorial points out that City Hall is more diverse than ever -- except for the whole female representation thing. "Even in 'Mad Men,' now, there are women in executive and ownership positions. But not Los Angeles City Hall."

Over at Zocalo, Rob Eshman writes about Mayor Eric Garcetti's religion. "Garcetti is like a great many modern American Jews—the offspring of an interfaith couple, intermarried, liberal, and more culturally than religiously Jewish," he writes.

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