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Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis returns to Los Angeles, Sheriff's Department sees drop in homicides, California to get new Republican leader

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Hilda Solis is leaving her post as Labor Secretary and there is speculation she will return to California to run for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, reports KPCC and the Los Angeles Times. Incumbent Supervisor Gloria Molina will be termed out in 2014.

Which Way, LA? looks at the city's proposed ordinance on community care facilities. Guests include Councilman Mitch Englander and Adam Murray of the Inner City Law Center.

Homicides in areas patrolled by the Sheriff's Department are at their lowest level since 1970, reports the Los Angeles Times. At the same time, violent crime -- rape, aggravated assault, robbery -- increased 3.5 percent from 2011.

The Fire Commission's independent assessor filed a complaint with the State Bar of California against City Attorney Carmen Trutanich as part of an ongoing dispute over personnel files, reports the Daily News. Stephen Miller was tasked with reviewing allegations of misconduct with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Members of the state Legislature's Black Caucus oppose a plan that would allow USC to run the Coliseum because they believe nearby parking lots should be turned into parks, according to the Los Angeles Times. "When the entire Legislative Black Caucus looks at the parking lots, we see green space. We see families. We see picnics. We see soccer fields," said Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer.

Former state Sen. Jim Brulte is expected to be the next chairman of the California Republican Party, reports the Daily News. "As a legislator, Brulte had a reputation as a determined advocate for conservative policies and GOP interests, but he or any other chairman will face the immediate challenge of rebuilding the party's appeal in the state after years of decline," according to the newspaper.

Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, of West Covina, will not face charges of domestic violence, reports Capitol Alert. Three months ago, a woman obtained a temporary restraining order against Hernandez after she says he struck her with a belt and slammed her against a wall.

The Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters endorsed Mike Bonin in the CD 11 race for Los Angeles City Council.

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will celebrate the groundbreaking of Related California's new apartment complex at noon.




Three of the mayoral candidates will participate in a forum on affordable housing tomorrow at the Conference Center at Cathedral Plaza. The event, hosted by Housing for a Stronger Los Angeles, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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