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Maven's Morning Coffee: Democrats' super-majority, treasurer gets sentenced, 101 Safe Surrenders in LA County

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Democrats aren't likely to benefit from their super-majorities in Sacramento until the fall, reports KPCC. "They’ll start off with it but then the dominoes will fall with the different races, people moving up to Congress, people moving up to the state senate," according to political consultant Steve Maviglio.

Former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee will be sentenced today in Sacramento for stealing millions of dollars from her Democratic clients. The LA Weekly reports Durkee agrees with the prosecutors' recommendation that she spend eight years in prison.

Two Southern California representatives are about to be named to top positions in Congress, according to the Los Angeles Times. Rep. Maxine Water will be the top Democrat on the Financial Services Committee and Rep. Ed Royce is expected to chair the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Los Angeles County is celebrating the 101st Safe Surrender of a newborn, according to the Daily News. "While it's always difficult to celebrate a baby given up, when we think about what the alternatives and the other consequences could be, we realize how important this is for these kids," said Supervisor Don Knabe.

The Atlantic makes the case for big city mayors running the U.S. Department of Transportation.


The Los Angeles City Council is on recess this week.


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