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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County sends inmates to fire camps, Long Beach port project goes overbudget, LAX terminal set to open

L.A. County inmates will be sent to state fire camps in an effort to reduce the jail population.
L.A. County inmates will be sent to state fire camps in an effort to reduce the jail population.
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Los Angeles County will move hundreds of inmates to state firefighting camps in an effort to reduce to the jail population, according to KPCC. Approximately 528 inmates will be sent at a time, where serving at fire camps can double an inmate's credit for time served.

Anaheim police are seeking the public's help in hiring a new police chief, a sign that the department is trying to rebuild its relationship with the community, reports KPCC. "There's been a lot of dialogue between the citizens, the city, and the police department, and we've done a lot of listening," says Anaheim Police Sgt. Bob Dunn.

A megashipping terminal at the Port of Long Beach may run $85 million overbudget, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The Middle Harbor project is expected to be completed by 2019.

The Tom Bradley International Terminal gets built in less than four minutes, per KPCC.

Singer Linda Ronstadt recalls her years with Gov. Jerry Brown in a new book. "Jerry Brown and I had a lot of fun for a number of years. He was smart and funny, not interested in drinking or drugs, and lived his life carefully, with a great deal of discipline," she writes, according to Capitol Alert.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will be at the grand opening of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX at noon.

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