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Maven's Morning Coffee: County approves jail funding, LA denies pothole claims, Assembly Speaker scheduled to speak in LA

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved millions to fund a program designed to prevent abuse of jail inmates.
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved millions to fund a program designed to prevent abuse of jail inmates.
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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved $29.3 million for the first year of a three-year plan to prevent abuse against jail inmates, according to the Los Angeles Times. The plan includes more training, video cameras and supervisors to oversee deputies.

The Police Commission approved $8 million for dashboard cameras in police cruisers, reports the Daily News. "The lengthy process of adding the dashboard cameras has drawn criticism, but there has been a new push for both the in-car video recorders and body-mounted cameras for officers to wear under both Chief Charlie Beck and newly appointed commission President Steve Soboroff," according to the newspaper.

A joint investigation by KPCC and NBC4 finds the city of Los Angeles pays out just 10 percent of claims filed for pothole damage. Just 627 claims of damage were paid out over a 10-year period. The average payout was $558.

Mayor Eric Garcetti talks about his first 100 days in office on Which Way, LA?

California voters like the initiative process but want to see some major reforms to the system, reports the Sacramento Bee. The news comes from a new Public Policy Institute poll. Changes to the system could include "giving the Legislature an opportunity to respond to proposed initiatives and to reach agreement with their sponsors, beefing up financial disclosure requirements for those engaged in ballot measure campaigns, and increasing the role of volunteers in collecting initiative petition signatures," per the paper.

First Lady Michelle Obama cancelled her Oct. 11 appearance at a fundraiser in Hancock Park because of the federal government shutdown, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge wants to bring back public drinking fountains, reports Curbed LA.

Assembly Speaker John Perez will speak to Town Hall Los Angeles at 11:30 a.m.



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