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Maven's Morning Coffee: Calls for Calderon's resignation, Nury Martinez on life at City Hall, a look at the superintendent's evaluation

A state Assemblywoman is calling for state Sen. Ron Calderon to leave office.
A state Assemblywoman is calling for state Sen. Ron Calderon to leave office.
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Today is Monday, Nov. 4, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, a behind-the-scenes look at John Deasy's evaluation, Herb Wesson's stint as acting mayor, and Mike Hernandez prepares to retire.

Nury Martinez is City Hall's newest elected official -- and its only female representative. "I grew up at a time when there was at least four-to-five women at any given time. Just the fact that there’s only me, one woman on the L.A. City Council, I think it’s really sad," she tells KPCC.

Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia is calling for the resignation of state Sen. Ron Calderon, days after a sealed FBI affidavit detailing a sting against the politician was leaked, reports Capitol Alert. "I fully realize that we must respect the presumed innocence of Senator Calderon, but the distraction caused by this case, in my own backyard, and its long-term implications are detrimental to the fabric of government and to the citizens that the Senator represents," Garcia says.

Meanwhile, a member of the Los Angeles City Council may have had contact with the undercover FBI agent in the Calderon case, according to the Los Angeles Times. The agent, posing as studio executive Rocky Patel, contacted the office of Jose Huizar to inquire about permits. A rep from the office met with Patel, but it's unclear whether Huizar himself met the agent.



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