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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown's legacy, Vernon's audit, a breakdown of LA's racial groups

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Today is Friday, Aug. 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Rolling Stone spends some time with Gov. Jerry Brown. "No longer thinking of his post as a steppingstone to higher office, Brown is instead determined to craft a durable legacy – the capstone to more than four decades of public service. His foulmouthed motto? 'I want to get shit done.'" Capitol Alert calls the piece (along with some other recent articles) "flattery from afar."

Vernon city officials are conducting a forensic audit of their former city administrator's compensation, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The new openness has intrigued prosecutors. They complained bitterly that Vernon withheld key information during the district attorney's investigation into (Bruce) Malkenhorst, who at the height of his power rode around in a limousine and regularly played 18 holes of golf on the city's dime," according to The Times.

Curbed LA has a map that shows where various racial groups live in Los Angeles.

California's elected officials in Washington, D.C. are divided on whether the U.S. should take military action in Syria, reports KPCC, which has a roundup of opinions from members of Congress.



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