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Rise of armed groups in Mexico prompt hope, fear among LA's Michoacanos

scpr.org — In Los Angeles, families with close ties to the Mexican state of Michoacán are playing a role in an effort to end the violent drug conflict in their home country, spurring a debate over the armed civilian groups that have risen to counter drug cartels.
"A bullet from one...kills just the same as if it comes from the other." LA Michoacans on armed groups in Mexico. bit.ly/1eSuGIK
Great story! #KPCC's @dorianmerina inside #LA's Michoacano community w/ personal stories @ Mex drug war. Gotta Listen tinyurl.com/nva2h8y
(AUDIO) Rise of armed Mexican citizens fighting cartels in Michoacán prompt hope, fear in LA’s expats kp.cc/1eRtTb8 - @dorianmerina

Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands

scpr.org — The new Los Angeles Register newspaper debuted Wednesday, and I wanted to check out the first edition. Publisher Aaron Kushner has relentlessly focused on print over digital, so I thought it best to experience the paper by holding it in my hands, which is easier said than done.
RT @KPCC: Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands kp.cc/1eSDiiA via @thebenbergman
Los Angeles Register debut: Good luck finding it on newsstands scpr.org/blogs/economy/… via @kpcc

Alert to homeowners: a property tax hike may be in your future

scpr.org — James Callan/Flickr Home values are rising again and so are tax revenues for cities and counties. Before Los Angeles County CEO Bill Fujioka sat down Monday to present his proposed budget for the next fiscal year, he let out a hearty laugh as he joked with reporters.
"They very well might be shocked" says Beacon Economics' Chris Thornberg of homeowners facing higher prop taxes #KPCC tinyurl.com/ngteg4m
#LA County, other local govs look forward to bigger property tax revenues. #Homeowners may be less excited #KPCC tinyurl.com/ngteg4m
RT @MuniAlmanac: California properties reassessed & property taxes lowered now, seeing tax increases as home values rise | KPCC http://t.co…

Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo to be sentenced

scpr.org — Irfan Khan/AP File: This March 9, 2011 file image shows former Bell City Administrator Robert Rizzo listens in court in Los Angeles. Rizzo, who masterminded a corruption scheme that paid exorbitant salaries to city officials, pleaded no contest, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, to all 69 charges brought against him.
Former Bell city leader Robert Rizzo sentenced to 12 years scpr.org/news/2014/04/1… via @kpcc
Ex #Bell leader #RobertRizzo cld get 12yrs today in one of biggest public scandals in #LA County history scpr.org/news/2014/04/1… @kpcc

What Obamacare? Some Californians choosing to stay uninsured

scpr.org — Stephanie O'Neill Musician and independent carpenter, Scott Belsha, 34, remains uninsured past the 2014 deadline to buy insurance. State officials report a surge in enrollment in the two-week grace period that ended Tuesday to enroll for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but many more Californians have yet to sign up.

In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, 'Border Guards,' more

scpr.org — BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images Activists rally outside the White House on March 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Both the White House and faith leaders who met with President Obama on Wednesday are saying there are currently no plans for Obama to take executive action on immigration, something that many immigrant advocates have been pushing for as they wait for Congress to act.
In immigration news: Executive action not part of Obama's plan, NYPD drops Muslim spying unit, more scpr.org/blogs/multiame… via @kpcc

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

scpr.org — Ken Scarboro The Los Angeles Times profiles supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver. 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. The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email.

California Drought News: Water opinions split; DiFi takes heat; that lime's gonna cost you

scpr.org — Courtesy of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health A new report quantifies the hit shoppers are likely to take because of the drought. Today's installment of "Drought News" drills into what Golden Staters are thinking about the dry spell and the impact it might have on their wallets.
California Drought News: Water opinions split; DiFi takes heat; that lime's gonna cost you: ift.tt/1hLszfM over at PacificSwell

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jay Z to announce concert in Grand Park

scpr.org — Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Jay-Z will be at City Hall on Wednesday to announce the Made in America Festival. Rapper Jay Z and Mayor Eric Garcetti are expected Wednesday to announce the Made in America festival in Grand Park over Labor Day weekend, even though the City Council has yet to approve a festival permit and downtown L.A.'s Councilman, Jose Huizar, has raised concerns about street closures and crowd control.
@TheCityMaven: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jay Z to announce concert in Grand Park scpr.org/blogs/politics… via @kpcc”
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Jay Z to announce concert in Grand Park scpr.org/blogs/politics… via @kpcc

LA Police Commission grills LAPD over officers who tampered with patrol car cameras

scpr.org — An LAPD patrol vehicle. Los Angeles Police Commissioners told high-ranking LAPD commanders Tuesday that officers tampering with in-car video cameras is a larger problem for the department as it expands the use of recording devices. Commissioner Kathleen Kim was especially troubled by the lack of accountability.
LA Police Commission warns that officers tampering w/patrol cameras is bigger concern as LAPD tests body cameras goo.gl/wzJdcQ

Sing a song of fractions? Educator says arts education techniques help kids learn tough concepts

scpr.org — Grant Slater/KPCC Tupac (left) and Alessandro paint boxes the color of a fire truck. The two are students at University Village, one of three pre-schools run by UCLA Early Care and Education. New information can be challenging to convey to young kids in a way that sticks.
RT @KPCC: Sing a song of fractions? How arts education can teach students tough concepts kp.cc/1kYa6yL via @maryplummer
RT @KPCCNews: Sing a song of fractions? Educator says arts education techniques help kids learn tough concepts kp.cc/1gBXr08

Questions about GPS tracking in four Orange County murders

scpr.org — Uncredited/AP This combination of undated photos from the Megan's Law website shows suspects, Stephen Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on Friday, April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif.
Men charged in 4 OC murders wore GPS monitors, custody officials say devices can't detect when crime is committed goo.gl/HxGqZm
#OCMurders GPS 'no deterrent' for two men accused of four Orange County, Calif. murders scpr.org/news/2014/04/1… pic.twitter.com/mn5QWEKdto

State Controller's audit finds Cudahy spending was out of control

scpr.org — Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California state controller John Chiang audited the city of Cudahy and found widespread financial irregularities. There were virtually no controls over spending of taxpayer dollars by city officials in Cudahy, state Controller John Chiang said in an audit released Tuesday.