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Maven's Morning Coffee: Kevin De Leon "livid" over pension payments, Beverly Hills votes against bike lanes, security breach at county health

State Sen. Kevin De Leon says he's
State Sen. Kevin De Leon says he's "livid" that a former Vernon official convicted of misappropriating public funds continues to draw more than $500,000 a year as a pension.
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Today is Friday, March 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC profiles James Hellmold, a candidate for sheriff. "Hellmold once served as a personal assistant and driver for (former Sheriff Lee) Baca. He owes his rise in the department in part to the retired sheriff and to another candidate, former undersheriff Paul Tanaka," according to the station.

State Sen. Kevin De Leon says he's "livid" that the state's highest-paid pensioner in the state system continues to draw more than $500,000 annually, even though officials said two years ago they would cut his benefits, reports the Los Angeles Times. The state senator wants pension officials to dramatically cut payments to former Vernon administrator Bruce Malkenhorst. An attorney for Malkenhorst, who was convicted in 2011 of misappropriating public funds, declined to comment.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth loaned her state senate campaign $100,000, according to the latest campaign finance filings, reports KPCC. Howorth is running to succeed state Sen. Ted Lieu, who is running for Congress. A total of seven Democrats are vying for that seat.

The Beverly Hills City Council voted against adding bicycle lanes to Santa Monica Boulevard, reports CurbedLA. "Some council members against the plan called the lanes 'a bridge to nowhere,' incorrectly suggesting that they wouldn't link up to any other lanes. (WeHo and Los Angeles have plans to do just that)," according to the blog.

Personal information for more than 168,000 patients of the L.A. County Health Services and Public Health departments was stolen, according to City News Service. The stolen data includes names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, billing information and diagnoses.

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge unclogged downtown sewer drains during the recent rainstorms, reports the Downtown News. "If I see a problem and it saves one crew member from having to get out there, I’ll do it," LaBonge said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's #tbt was a nod to LAFD, per Instagram.



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