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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD releases names in shooting, Mayor defends wage proposal, indicted senators use campaign funds for defense

The Los Angeles Police Department named the two officers involved in the shooting of Ezell Ford.
The Los Angeles Police Department named the two officers involved in the shooting of Ezell Ford.
Erika Aguilar/KPCC

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Today is Friday, Aug. 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


LAPD released the names of two officers who shot Ezell Ford, a mentally ill African-American man who was unarmed at the time of the shooting, reports KPCC. One of the officers was named in a 2011 civil lawsuit for allegedly beating a man and using pepper spray on him. That case was eventually dismissed.

During his appearance on KNX 1070, Mayor Eric Garcetti defended a proposal to increase the city's minimum wage. "We see Democrats and Republicans alike say the minimum wage is too low. There are lots of people who work full time that are below the poverty level, and when they need services, it’s the rest of us who pay for it," he said, per a write-up in the Daily News.

The Los Angeles Times looks at why this weekend's Made in America festival in Grand Park isn't sold out. "StubHub has tickets listed below face value and online discounter Gilt City offered two-for-one deals on single-day tickets. There has been relatively little in the way of promotional billboards and banners around Los Angeles," according to the piece.

The Whittier Daily News finds three state senators -- Ron Calderon, Rod Wright and Leland Yee -- are using campaign contributions to pay their legal fees as each faces prosecution and jail time. "If I gave you money to run for office, I’m supporting you in your role as an elected official. I’m not bankrolling your personal activities that are potentially illegal," said one open-government activist. All three senators have been suspended from the Senate.

The LA Area Chamber of Commerce's Ruben Gonzalez wrote an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee about earthquake fault maps, particularly the map of the Hollywood area. "Everyone in California – especially those who own property, count on construction jobs and want to revitalize their communities – should care about what happens to the Hollywood map. It will have wide implications for future maps," he writes.

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