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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayoral aide joins DWP trusts, LA's new film czar, overhaul of LAFD's 911 system

The Los Angeles Fire Department is overhauling its 911 system. That means in a year, ambulances could be dispatched seconds to minutes faster.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is overhauling its 911 system. That means in a year, ambulances could be dispatched seconds to minutes faster.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The U.S. Attorney's Office indicted two sheriff's deputies Friday for their alleged roles in beating up a jail inmate. KPCC spoke to that inmate, Brett Phillip, about what happened to him back in 2009. "I'm confused, to be honest, because it's been so long," Phillip said of the news that charges had been filed.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Eric Garcetti prepares his first budget and the state's Democrats head to Los Angeles for convention.

Mayor Eric Garcetti named one of his aides, Richard Llewellyn, as a trustee to two nonprofits entirely funded by the Department of Water and Power, reports the Daily News. The Mayor's Office along with the Controller's Office has spent months trying to obtain financial records for the Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute.

The Downtown News calls L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar "one of the more frightening figures in Los Angeles" when it comes to political campaigns. "Huizar is a killer on the campaign trail," per the newspaper.

Attorney Ken Ziffren is expected to be named the city's new film czar at a press conference later today, reports The Wrap. He will succeed Tom Sherak, who died last month.

The Los Angeles Fire Department is overhauling how it handles 911 calls, according to the Los Angeles Times. The system could mean that in a year, ambulances will be dispatched seconds or even minutes faster than they are now. Under the current system, "we ask a lot of questions that end up going nowhere, providing us with nothing and really upsetting people and delaying a response," according to one veteran dispatcher.

The Republican National Committee is reaching out to Asian-American voters now that a study shows that ethnic group has made the biggest pivot away from the political party, repots KPCC. "Rather than swooping into town months before an election, the RNC's stated strategy is to develop a long-standing presence where Asian-Americans live, work and worship," according to the station.

The state Democratic Party endorsed state Sen. Ted Lieu for Congress, per his campaign.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce the appointment of his new film czar at 12:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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