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Maven's Morning Coffee: uncertain future for enterprise zones, Calderons fundraise for 2014 races, Eric Garcetti prepares to take office

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Monday, June 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Gov. Jerry Brown wants to eliminate enterprise zones, which can provide tax breaks to companies that create jobs in disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to the Los Angeles Times. The governor has said the zones are "inefficient, opaque and loose" in handing out the tax credits.

The three Calderon brothers -- Ron, Tom and Charles -- are all raising money for 2014 campaigns, reports KPCC. Their fundraising efforts are continuing despite a recent FBI raid on Ron Calderon's Sacramento offices. Over at the Sacramento Bee, the newspaper looks at the "clout and entitlements of this local dynasty."

A Beverly Hills developer is being investigated for allegedly laundering campaign contributions to county Assessor John Noguez, reports the Los Angeles Times. Noguez is already facing charges for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for lowering the assessed values on properties owned by his supporters.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Eric Garcetti goes back to basics, Cindy Montanez picks up support in the Sixth District, and Tom LaBonge wants to rename the 110 Freeway.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton sat down with Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti (in a Starbucks in the Valley) to talk about the challenges ahead. "Some Garcetti skeptics worry that his calm demeanor is part of a debilitating niceness that will keep him from making and sticking to hard decisions. He's heard that knock, but insists it was never true and that the campaign helped him discover his own resolve," Newton writes.

Former state Treasurer Kathleen Brown was appointed to the Sempra Energy board of directors, according to BusinessWeek.

Cindy Montanez in Los Angeles' Sixth District is expected to pick up endorsements later today from Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, per the campaign.



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