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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD's response times, control of the Greek Theatre, a supervisorial race in Orange County

The city's new FireStat system finds the Los Angeles Fire Department's 911 response times have not improved.
The city's new FireStat system finds the Los Angeles Fire Department's 911 response times have not improved.
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Today is Friday, Oct. 24 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


New data shows there has not been any progress in reducing the LAFD's 911 response times, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Taken together the new statistics estimate it takes, on average, a little more than six minutes and 30 seconds from the moment a 911 call is answered at the LAFD's call center downtown until the first unit arrives at a medical emergency citywide," per the Times.

Live Nation is now the frontrunner to operate the Greek Theatre thanks to a vote by the Recreation and Parks Commission. The concert promoter was selected over Nederlander, which has run the music venue for almost 40 years. The final decision will be up to the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

Sen. Darrell Steinberg announced Thursday he will join a lobbying firm starting on Dec. 1, reports the Sacramento Bee. The news comes one week after he stepped down as president of the state Senate. State law prohibits him from lobbying the Legislature for one year.

The Orange County Register looks at the Orange County supervisorial race between Republicans Lisa Bartlett and Robert Ming. "They’d reform pensions and increase government efficiency. Both want to ensure that major infrastructure projects in the district – the Dana Point Harbor revitalization and the La Pata extension between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano – are completed on time and within budget," according to the newspaper.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia says that after his first 100 days in office, he's focused on the city's budget, educational opportunities and transportation, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "The education of our young people, starting in the early year of preschool and continuing all the way through higher education, is the key to a vibrant, growing and prosperous economy," the mayor said.

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