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Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI raid could lead to reforms, most Californians support same-sex marriage, will Eric Garcetti lead on Owens Valley?

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton predicts that an FBI raid on state Sen. Ron Calderon's office could lead to government reforms.
Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton predicts that an FBI raid on state Sen. Ron Calderon's office could lead to government reforms.
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Today is Monday, June 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton says the FBI raid on state Sen. Ron Calderon's office is a sign that there needs to be campaign finance reform at the state level. "Political scandal is very good for the political reform business," says Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

State Sen. Kevin de Leon was subpoenaed by the U.S. Attorney's Office last week, according to KPCC. According to a de Leon spokesman, the legislator is not the target of the investigation.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the L.A. City Council shows Councilman-elect Bob Blumenfield a professional courtesy, City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer announces a transition team, and Councilman Tom LaBonge gets some new tunes on the city phone lines.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at what Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti can do about ongoing disputes with the Owens Valley. "The two sides are furious with each other and are burning through legal fees. But Garcetti is a new player, untethered to either side. He's also proud of his environmental record, and he could use a big issue or two to define his mayoralty," Newton writes.

Outgoing L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has moved three political aides to tenured positions, which means they'll still be in the office when City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer is sworn in, according to the LA Weekly.

A new poll finds 58 percent of Californians support same-sex marriage, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The shifts among older voters are dramatic. Voters 65 and older are now almost evenly divided — 46 percent in favor, 47 percent against — compared with just three years ago, when seniors opposed gay marriage by 19 percentage points," according to The Times.

LAObserved recalls how Richard Ramirez came to be known as the Night Stalker. Ramirez died Friday in a hospital near San Quentin.




10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010


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