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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD backlog of fingerprints, possible jail time for Richard Alarcon, downtown's housing stock

LAPD has an extensive backlog of unanalyzed fingerprints.
LAPD has an extensive backlog of unanalyzed fingerprints.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Los Angeles Police Department's backlog of unanalyzed fingerprints is so bad that some prints can no longer be used because a three-year deadline for prosecuting offenders has passed, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The reality is, at the current staffing, there are going to be cases … we are going to be unable to get to," said Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese.

Prosecutors want former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon to spend 180 days in county jails in his perjury and voter fraud case, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Richard Alarcon is not remorseful. He remains utterly unrepentant," a deputy district attorney wrote in his sentencing memo. Sentencing is scheduled for today but the hearing is expected to be continued.

United Teachers Los Angeles wants LAUSD to give teachers a 17.6 percent raise while agreeing to smaller class sizes and teacher evaluations, reports the Daily News. "It’s clear that the money is there to take care of these bargaining proposals," said union president Alex Caputo-Pearl.

Curbed LA reports that one-fifth of Los Angeles' new housing over the past 15 years was built in downtown. "Downtown is open to density (which makes sense, since it's also a public transit hub) and is generally pro-high-rise. Meanwhile, in most of the rest of the city, proposals for new housing projects are regularly met with heavy opposition from the neighbors," according to the piece.

Mayor Eric Garcetti endorsed Jim McDonnell for sheriff, reports KPCC. Meanwhile, McDonnell's opponent, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, has disappeared from the race. "The danger with a non-competitive election is that people won’t do that due diligence," said Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College.

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