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Maven's Morning Coffee: Profile of Bobby Shriver, race to replace Henry Waxman, new force policy for Sheriff's Department

The Los Angeles Times profiles supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver.
The Los Angeles Times profiles supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver.
Ken Scarboro

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Today is Wednesday, April 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks the fundraising totals for candidates in the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman. "The contest to replace him is shaping up to be one of the most expensive races in California. The top five fundraisers in the race collected $3.6 million dollars in the first quarter of this year — and there's still a month-and-a-half before the June 3 primary," according to the station.

The Los Angeles Times profiles supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver. "It's a paradox of Shriver's campaign to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors: His pedigree is a major asset, yet his main challenge in the June primary is to show that he's more than just another Kennedy scion," per the Times.

The Sheriff's Department is revising its use-of-force tactics to consider a deputy's actions prior to an incident -- not simply what they did in the moment, reports the Daily News. "It’s so dramatic, it’s like an about-face from how this county has been doing it," says Supervisor Gloria Molina.

L.A. continues to struggle with funding sidewalk repairs, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The Bureau of Street Services has estimated that about 40% of city sidewalks may need to be repaired or replaced — a number that is no surprise to Los Angeles pedestrians and skateboarders," according to the paper.

The Atlantic Cities takes a peak through the LAPD's archive of crime scene photos. "The shots, most uncredited and taken between 1930 and 1960, show black-and-white crime reenactments, forensic scenes, even robbery notes," according to the website.

The Los Angeles Register rolled off the presses this morning for the first time.


Mayor Eric Garcetti and Jay Z will hold a news conference at City Hall at 9:30 a.m.

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