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Maven's Morning Coffee: Apps bring transparency to government, sentencing delayed for state senator, Mayor Garcetti reflects on first year

A 16-year-old created an app that literally highlights donations made to members of Congress.
A 16-year-old created an app that literally highlights donations made to members of Congress.
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Today is Tuesday, July 8, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Mayor Eric Garcetti talked to KPCC's AirTalk about his first year in office. "Back to basics is a larger approach, whether it's the wait time when you call 311, whether it's that we force you to take a day off of work to get a building inspector at your home," he said.

Mayor Eric Garcetti also penned a piece on open data and transparency for the White House blog. "Today’s apps and websites use open data to make cities easier to move around, more sustainable, and more business friendly," he wrote.

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain immigrants who are in the country illegally without judicial review, reports the Daily News. "Under the new policy, which the LAPD began following last week, ICE detainer requests for individuals arrested on minor crimes will only be honored if there is a court warrant or the case has gone through the judicial system," reports the newspaper.

Sentencing for convicted state Sen. Rod Wright was delayed for a third time, reports Capitol Alert. Wright was found guilty of eight felonies for lying about where he lived when he ran in 2008 for a seat in Inglewood.

Prosecutors in the case of former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon are trying to show that Alarcon was a career politician who put his personal ambitions first, reports the Los Angeles Times. The former elected official is accused of committing voter fraud and perjury by living outside of the city council district he served.

How tall should developments be in the Echo Park area? L.A. City Councilmen Mitch O'Farrell and Gil Cedillo, who each represent a part of the community, appear to disagree on height limits, reports Eastsider LA.

Vice reports on a 16-year-old who created a plugin that tracks contributions to members of Congress. "What concerns me is the sheer amount of money being pumped into the system because there really is a lot. During the development of Greenhouse and looking over these numbers and seeing how much is being donated—it’s really scary," Nick Rubin told the website.

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