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Maven's Morning Coffee: payouts at Hall of Administration, a special election in the Valley, gun violence forum in Santa Monica

The Los Angeles Times reports L.A. County government has paid out $400,000 in severance packages since 2010.
The Los Angeles Times reports L.A. County government has paid out $400,000 in severance packages since 2010.
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Today is Monday, July 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Four Los Angeles County executives who retired or resigned from the government received major severance packages, according to the Los Angeles Times. County CEO William Fujioka's office has paid out more than $400,000 since 2010. "L.A. County doesn't do business like everyone else," says the former head of Probation, who received  $113,500 when he voluntarily resigned his position.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton urges the Board of Supervisors to let its managers manage their own departments. "Managers ... need constantly to make sure they have the support of at least three supervisors or risk being pilloried, fired or both," he writes. (Newton also notes that he is headed on book leave and will return to The Times in the spring.)

It's just a week until Cindy Montanez and Nury Martinez face each other in a special election for the Sixth District of the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. And the two have a shared history. "Martinez served as the campaign manager for Montanez's 2002 Assembly race. Both also worked for then-State Sen. Richard Alarcon. And both women served on the San Fernando City Council, although at different times," according to the newspaper.

A Los Angeles Times op-ed from Lindsay Bubar and Sandra Fluke urges the Los Angeles City Council to "remember the ladies." "Voting decisions shouldn't be made simply on the basis of gender, but as we have seen again and again since (Estelle Lawton) Lindsey took office in 1915, the perspectives women bring to the table are unique and critically important to the future of a city made up of 54% women and girls," they write.

LAObserved notes Mayor Eric Garcetti is out of town -- somewhere -- while the LAPD is on tactical alert. "Disappearing without prepping the public with abundant detail his third week in office probably wasn't the smartest thing for Garcetti to do," per the website.

Rep. Henry Waxman will host a forum this morning on gun violence, reports KPCC.

State Sen. Roderick Wright has raised $300,000 for his legal defense fund, reports the Los Angeles Times. The biggest contributors were JobsPAC, backed by the California Chamber of Commerce, and California Real Estate Political Action Committee.

The SFV Jaycess will host a mixer on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the On the Thirty in Sherman Oaks.



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