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Maven's Morning Coffee: Chief Beck is up for reappointment, Jose Huizar raises lots of reelection cash, and is high-speed rail the future of California?

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Today is Tuesday, Aug. 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The Police Commission will consider Chief Charlie Beck's reappointment this morning. It comes as the civilian panel is also investigating whether LAPD may have misreported violent crime statistics in the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. "More than two dozen current and retired LAPD officers told The Times that crimes are sometimes misclassified deliberately because of a relentless pressure to produce ever-lower crime statistics," according to the piece. LAObserved as a complete recap on coverage of the LAPD's crime statistics.

BusinessWeek looks at the billions of dollars it would cost to upgrade Los Angeles' infrastructure, including water pipes, streets and sidewalks. "Infrastructure is a very difficult thing politically. It’s not the same as putting more cops on the streets," says Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs.

The Los Angeles Register talks with new fire Chief Ralph Terrazas about his priorities for the LAFD. "I love the department and I want to leave it better than I found it. That’s our fire department culture, that’s what we believe in when we go to an incident," Terrazas tells the paper.

The Downtown News looks at how L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar raised almost $650,000 for his reelection, significantly more than his other city council colleagues facing similar reelections. "Either 1) Huizar is such a great leader, sort of like Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela rolled into one, that people think he deserves all the money ever minted, or 2) Even if his competitors have the heft of a daffodil, Huizar himself knows he is vulnerable, and that this could be the race of his life," according to the piece.

The Atlantic's City Lab considers high-speed rail in California. "Despite controversy and setbacks, the state is pressing ahead with a $68 billion high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco. California might just make itself with track again, and why not? Relatively speaking, the state is still new. Its population is still booming, and its people are relatively progressive," according to the piece.

Tweet of the Day goes to the late Robin Williams.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss the police chief's reappointment at noon at City Hall.

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