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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff Baca found liable, councilman admits affair, school board president faces censure

Sheriff Lee Baca could be personally responsible for a $100,000 fine after a jury found he has liability for the abuse of a jail inmate.
Sheriff Lee Baca could be personally responsible for a $100,000 fine after a jury found he has liability for the abuse of a jail inmate.
Frank Stoltze

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Today is Friday, Oct. 18, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A federal jury determined Sheriff Lee Baca is personally liable for the abuse of a jail inmate and could be responsible for paying out $100,000, reports KPCC and the Los Angeles Times. Sheriff's officials plan to appeal the ruling. "It is unusual, but not unheard of, for a jury to find the head of a law enforcement agency liable for the actions of rank-and-file officers," per The Times.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar announced he had an affair with a former staffer -- just hours after she sued him for sexual harassment and retaliation, reports KPCC. The councilman said their relationship was "occasional and consensual" but in her lawsuit, his former deputy chief of staff said she was punished for rejecting his advances.

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants a "chief resilience officer" for earthquake preparedness, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The problem is there are lots of different pieces of this, but there's nobody at City Hall who ultimately is kind of the earthquake expert, so I'm looking at that," the mayor said.

The president of the LAUSD Board of Education is facing a censure motion after he was accused of harassment and intimidation by two district employees, according to the Daily News. A spokesman for Richard Vladovic said the censure is a distraction from the district's iPad initiative.

A San Bernardino councilman pleaded guilty to perjury and resigned from office Thursday, according to KPCC. A second councilman was charged with 18 felony and 12 misdemeanor counts including identity theft and stalking. It was a year ago that the city filed for bankruptcy protection.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the  LA Business Council's summit at UCLA at 11 a.m. At noon he will attend the Valley Industry and Commerce Association Luncheon.

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