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Maven's Morning Coffee: Profile of Anne Gust Brown, LA's teddy bear drive, new details in Bell trial

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Anne Gust Brown (R) looks on as her husband Jerry Brown (L) is sworn in as the 39th governor of California by California on January 3, 2011 in Sacramento, California.

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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 13, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The New York Times takes a look at Anne Gust Brown and her relationships with Gov. Jerry Brown. "She functions as a confidante, quietly consulting with the governor on matters as expansive as the state’s criminal justice system and mundane as hiring and firing staff members," according to the piece.

Mayor Eric Garcetti is hosting a teddy bear drive, reports the Daily News. The stuffed animals will be given to children at the scenes of disasters. "The simple act of giving a child a teddy bear allows them something to hold onto during a turbulent time," the mayor says.

The Senate Rules Committee's decision to remove Ron Calderon from his committee assignments "sends a risky and unsuitable message regarding our fundamental constitutional rights," the state senator says, per the Sacramento Bee. Calderon was also removed from the executive committee of the Latino Caucus.

Former Bell city official Angela Spaccia contacted the District Attorney's Office about an investigation in Maywood months before the scandal in her own city broke, according to the Los Angeles Times. The news was revealed during her trial on felony corruption charges.



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