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Maven's Morning Coffee: tax breaks in LA, management talks at the zoo, Jose Huizar in minor crash

Marketplace takes a look at how tax breaks grew business in the city of Los Angeles.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Marketplace looks at what happened in Los Angeles when the city started giving tax breaks to new businesses.

The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association may be back in talks to take over management of the zoo, according to the Daily News. Without a change in management, it is unclear how the city can afford to keep the zoo in operation. Meanwhile, a Los Angeles Times editorial urges the city to find a way to work with GLAZA on a public-private partnership.


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That's My Issue: Reproductive rights

Pro-choice supporters rally to mark the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, outside the Federal Building January 22, 2008 in the Los Angeles area community of Westwood, California.
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This post is part of KPCC & WNYC's "That's My Issue" series, and represents the views of its author, not of either station. 

The reproductive rights issue is a big deal for me as a woman.

I definitely see that it’s important to have those rights and to fight for them and to keep them as they are and I feel like it’s a big threat to have Roe v. Wade overturned. 

That's My Issue: Reproductive Rights (Tona Carmelo) by KPCC

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Sorting out the latest medical marijuana news

Marijuana plants for sale at Studio City's Perennial Holistic Wellness Center. It remains open, but federal agents have raided nine other dispensaries in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
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Federal agents bust a bunch of L.A. and Orange County pot shops.

A San Diego judge says its OK to purchase pot.

Medical marijuana news can leave you in a haze. Let’s sort out the latest:

First, federal prosecutors Thursday said agents arrested a dozen people associated with a chain of nine marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles and Orange Counties on drug trafficking charges.

“Most of the stores previously were the subject of search warrants executed in 2010 and 2011,” read a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office. “Most of the nine stores are now closed, but several are believed to still be in operation.”

Prosecutors allege one dispensary - Safe Harbor Collective in Dana Point - made $2.5 million in 2009. Shop owner John Melvin Walker allegedly told his bookkeeper “to destroy all records pertaining to income.” He also allegedly possessed an AK-47, and nearly $400,000 in cash. Walker’s attorney did not return a phone call for comment.


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Pollsters say dwindling support for Prop 30 makes passage 'improbable'

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks in support of Prop. 30 at a recent rally at UCLA.
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A new statewide poll out Thursday shows Proposition 30 in a tight race, with voter support for Governor Jerry Brown’s tax-hike plan to fund schools slipping below 50 percent for the first time.

According to the USC Dornsife/LA Times poll, 46 percent of likely voters said they’ll vote for the temporary sales and income tax hike to fund schools and public safety, 42 percent said they’ll vote against it. 

Pollster Dan Schnur says Prop 30's main proponent has to go further if wants to close the sale: “Governor Brown has successfully convinced voters that more spending on the state’s public schools is a good thing.  What he has yet to do is convince them that state government can be trusted to spend their tax dollars wisely.” 

 Schnur, who also directs the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, says voters are more open than they have been historically to a tax that increases support for public education, but many distrust Sacramento to spend wisely. Schnur says in earlier polls, for example, voters disapproved of the legislature’s passage of billions in bonds to fund high speed rail.


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GOP eating its own in Inland Empire Congressional battle (UPDATE)

Republican Congressional candidate Bob Dutton has felt the sting of the state GOP endorsing his same-party opponent, incumbent Gary Miler.
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California's so-called "jungle" primary created several interesting pairings for the November ballot. Democrats are facing off against Democrats in half-a-dozen Congressional races. On the GOP side, it's Republican vs. Republican in two House races. 

Some of these contests are under the radar, but a few have erupted into nasty fights, splitting the parties themselves.

Republicans, who pride themselves on avoiding intra-party explosions, have waded into a big one in the Inland Empire.

The party endorsed incumbent Congressman Gary Miller over his challenger, State Senator Bob Dutton. And adding salt to the wound, it used some of the money raised by Dutton to run ads slamming him.

Dutton has been a party loyalist. He served on the GOP's board of directors and raised more than $100,000 for party causes and candidates. Oh, and he was the top Republican in the State Senate the past two years as well.


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