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Maven's Morning Coffee: Renewed focus on homelessness, lessons from the LAPD, LA's mural ordinance



Social services workers try to convince a homeless man to get off Skid Row and seek help around the corner at the Volunteers of America building. But it often takes many attempts to finally get someone to accept the services they need, Los Angeles Homeless Service's Authority employee Gabriel Jimenez said.
Social services workers try to convince a homeless man to get off Skid Row and seek help around the corner at the Volunteers of America building. But it often takes many attempts to finally get someone to accept the services they need, Los Angeles Homeless Service's Authority employee Gabriel Jimenez said.
Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Former Mayor Richard Riordan wrote an article for Vice on what police in Ferguson, Missouri can learn from the LAPD. "While Ferguson may not have the resources of LA, change can and will happen if bold leaders approach these challenges with pragmatic, proven strategies that address injustice, empower both elected officials and citizens to act, and harness the economic might of the private sector," according to the piece.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar penned an op-ed for the Downtown News on addressing the issue of homelessness and hiring a homelessness "czar." "The homeless community deserves better. Let’s end the 'containment' policy of years past where Skid Row was simply an area to say 'out sight, out of mind'," he writes.

Meanwhile, 24 homeless nonprofits and agencies will receive $214 million to match the most vulnerable individuals with housing, reports KPCC.

A Los Angeles Times editorial questions whether the Los Angeles City Council should be a landing pad for termed out politicians. "When was the last time a full-time business owner won a City Council seat?  Or a neighborhood council leader? Or, as Jim Newton noted in his column in The Times on Monday, a Republican?" per the piece.

SoCal Connected will air a segment tomorrow on Los Angeles' mural ordinance and what happens when art turns out to be an advertisement.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti will endorse Jim McDonnell, a candidate for sheriff, at 1 p.m.

Upcoming Votes

Tuesday

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