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Maven's Morning Coffee: Compton's new mayor, a proposed boycott of Florida, and why don't more Angelenos vote?

Newly elected Compton Mayor Aja Brown faces changing demographics in her city.
Newly elected Compton Mayor Aja Brown faces changing demographics in her city.
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Today is Thursday, July 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The LA Weekly profiles newly elected Compton mayor Aja Brown. "Brown, who took office on July 2, is like no mayor Compton has seen before — nor, for that matter, any city in L.A.’s tattered old southeast suburbs," according to the Weekly.

The Washington DC-based Police Foundation is reviewing law enforcement's response to the crime spree of Christopher Dorner, reports the Daily News. "Good, bad or ugly, we want to know what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we can do better in the future," said LAPD Commander Andy Smith.

Assemblyman Chris Holden of Pasadena wants to boycott the state of Florida over it's "stand your ground" law, according to the Daily News. "By boycotting Florida tourism, conventions and conferences we send a clear message that the death of an unarmed black teenager cannot be tolerated," he said, in reference to the murder of  Trayvon Martin.

Why don't Angelenos show up to vote in local elections? Timing, apathy and the mix of candidates, according to KPCC.

Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia will run for mayor, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The 35-year-old is a member of the California Coastal Commission, a professor at USC and founder of the Long Beach post.

The El Monte City Council is seeking to extend a half-cent tax, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "The revenue is a necessity to keep the city afloat," according to Councilwoman Vicky Martinez.



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