Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: DOMA struck down, Schwarzenegger rehabs image, LA City Council votes on financing for developer

63597 full
63597 full

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

The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe.

Today is Wednesday, June 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this morning. Proposition 8 was dismissed on standing. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, New York Times.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is working to reinvent himself as a climate change advocate, even though he remains absent from local politics and the Republican Party, according to the Los Angeles Times. "You look back at his life story, he's someone you can't ever count out," says strategist Paul Begala.

Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield's election to the Los Angeles City Council means the Democrats will lose their supermajority in the Assembly, reports the Sacramento Bee. An additional floor session will be held this week to pass bills before Blumenfield is sworn in on Sunday.

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on a financial package for Westfield's new Woodland Hills mall, according to the Daily News. The deal would allow the developer to keep about 40 percent of its new tax revenues over a 25-year period.

In an op-ed for the Daily News, Joe Matthews writes that only in California would you have a train that almost -- not quite -- makes it to the airport. "This is life in the Great California Train Tease. We're spending hundreds of billions on rail and airports. And we still keep missing our connections," he writes.

Actress Halle Berry appeared in Sacramento to testify in support of a bill that would restrict paparazzi from photographing children, reports Capitol Alert.

Bonus: In Texas, state Sen. Wendy Davis did a solo, 13-hour filibuster against SB 5. She became an instant Twitter sensation.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will mark the start of the nation's largest solar rooftop program at Oxnard Plaza Apartments at 9 a.m. At 2 p.m., he'll sign the city's plastic bag ban at City Hall.

Upcoming Votes


  • LA City Council: Appointment to the Board of L.A. Convention Center; update on privatization of Convention Center (10 a.m.)

Questions or comments on Maven's Morning Coffee can be sent here.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Enjoy reading Represent!? You might like KPCC’s other blogs.

What's popular now on KPCC