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Maven's Morning Coffee: Councilman Price hires a lobbyist, Holly Mitchell gets sworn in, mayor gets a film czar

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Today is Friday, Sept. 27, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


A longtime lobbyist has joined the staff of L.A. City Councilman Curren Price, reports the Los Angeles Times. As he joined Price's staff, Robert Katherman made his wife the sole owner of the advocacy firm Katherman Co. "Katherman's move from lobbying to a council office is somewhat unusual for City Hall, where political aides are much more likely to spend time working for lawmakers, building political and government contacts, and then find higher paid consulting and advocacy jobs," according to The Times.

A former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Tom Sherak, will head Mayor Eric Garcetti's Entertainment Industry and Production Office, reports the Daily News. His job will include lobbying Sacramento for film tax credits.

A poll from USC and the Los Angeles Times finds Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reduce the state's prison population has widespread support among California voters. "Respondents chose reducing sentences for minor crimes and releasing low-level, nonviolent offenders as the best options for cutting crowding, after rehabilitation services," according to The Times.

Holly Mitchell was sworn in as the newest state senator, reports Capitol Alert. "She has demonstrated over her years in the Legislature on the green carpet a tenacity, a purpose and a willingness to fight for the least among us," says Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.



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