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Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI raid not a surprise in Sacramento, DCFS needs more social workers, USC parking plan delayed

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Today is Thursday, June 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Sacramento Bee finds not many people were surprised when state Sen. Ron Calderon's office was raided by the FBI. "He has definitely been a public official who enjoys the perks of being a public official," according to a rep for Common Cause. Capitol Alert also clarifies that federal authorities did not search the Latino Legislative Caucus office.

The Calderon investigation was also the subject of last night's Which Way, LA?

Bob Hertzberg announced former assemblyman Dario Frommer and attorney David Fleming as the co-chiars of his state Senate campaign, according to LAObserved. The campaign also released a list of endorsements from the San Fernando Valley.

The head of the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services says he needs more social workers, reports CBS 2. "We’ve gone on the record clearly indicating to the board of supervisors and to the public that there is a need greater than what the budget would allow us to hire," says DCFS Director Philip Browning.

A proposal to give USC parking space in Exposition Park has been delayed until the end of the month, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Backers of the Science Center and the neighboring California African American Museum said the loss of garage spaces would have slashed attendance at the institutions and diverted millions of dollars in parking receipts to USC," per The Times.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is at a Mitt Romney event in Utah, according to City News Service. He'll be back in Southern California this evening to greet Chinese President Xi Jinping at Ontario Airport.


Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will speak at the Banning High School graduation at 3:45 p.m.




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