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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti rethinks diversity, a former Malibu mayor runs for Board of Supes, Fire Commission doesn't like Dodger deal

Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is half Mexican and half Jewish, wants City Hall to rethink how it looks at diversity.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is half Mexican and half Jewish, wants City Hall to rethink how it looks at diversity.
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Today is Wednesday, July 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti wants to change the way City Hall thinks about diversity, reports KPCC. "I just know that we’re going to be looking at more than just, ‘Oh, make sure there’s one of every color on every commission and the box is checked'," Garcetti says.

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talks to the Los Angeles Times about his plans for the future -- think tank, speaking tour, possible run for governor. "I'm not going to put my head in the sand and disappear," he says.

Former Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich says she will run for the Board of Supervisors when Zev Yaroslavsky leaves in 2014, reports the Daily News. Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl is also running for the seat, and former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel and former Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver are considering runs.

The Port of Long Beach is replacing the Gerald Desmond Bridge as part of a $4.5 billion project, reports KPCC.

Los Angeles Times writer and KPCCer Patt Morrison sits down for a Q&A with former L.A. City Councilman Joel Wachs. "I'm incredibly impressed with Eric (Garcetti). I think this is the most intelligent person in that office in my lifetime," he says.

A Los Angeles Fire Department deal with the Dodgers is requiring on-duty firefighters to be moved at taxpayers' expense, according to the Los Angeles Times. "If they can spend $20 million for a player, I don't see why we're being nickel-and-dimed," said fire Commissioner Alan Skobin.

Los Angeles County has a new coroner, per LAObserved.

West Hollywood is looking for input on its pedestrian and bicycle plans, reports Streetsblog.



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