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Maven's Morning Coffee: arrests following protests, Gavin Newsom as the state's #2, candidates for Homeland Security Secretary

Trayvon Martin Rally Leimert Park

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Police officers line up on Vernon St. in Leimert Park to take 13 arrested protestors to jail.

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Today is Tuesday, July 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Fourteen people were arrested last night following a peaceful protest in Leimert Park, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The trial that we saw in Florida has ignited passions but we have to make sure it will not ignite the city," said Mayor Eric Garcetti, per KPCC.

Even Gavin Newsom thinks being lieutenant governor is kinda lame, according to this Los Angeles Times article. "It was difficult to realize, 'I'm lieutenant governor.' And (Gov. Jerry) Brown appropriately reminded me of that," Newsom says.

Assemblyman Adam Gray was subpoenaed in connection with the federal government's investigation of state Sen. Ron Calderon, according to Capitol Alert. Gray was a staffer to Calderon for three years. "I suspect they want to talk to most folks who worked for Ron throughout the period of the investigation," he says.

KPCC looks at the possible candidates for Homeland Security Secretary and their Southern California ties. "The D.C. speculation game is likely to last all summer: (Janet) Napolitano will stay in the job until September," according to the station.

L.A. City Council candidate Nury Martinez revealed to the Los Angeles Times that she was abused as a child. The news comes in response to a mailer sent by Martinez's opponent, Cindy Montanez, which says as a school board member, Martinez did not do enough to protect students from child molesters.

Sheriff Lee Baca spoke to the Armenian Council of America and reiterated his stance towards recognition of the Armenian Genocide, according to Public Radio of Armenia.

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