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Maven's Morning Coffee: 2014 resolutions, Californian of the year, second jobs for state leaders

California Gov. Jerry Brown.

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KPCC's AirTalk wants to know who you think should be the Californian of the year.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the relationship between money and politics, USC's Dan Schnur considers a run for state office, and City Hall puts more data online.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton offers some 2014 resolutions for California's politicians. They include more transparency in government and a plea to rethink the bullet train and delta tunnels.

KPCC's AirTalk wants input on the Californian of the year.

A Daily News editorial makes the case that the state treasurer shouldn't keep a second job. The piece follows an announcement from Treasurer Bill Lockyer that he's taken a job at a law firm. "Voters should feel secure that officials will give their undivided attention to elected posts. And there should be no questions about conflicts of interest, real or in appearance," according to the newspaper.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at Mayor Eric Garcetti's call for a review of the DWP's pay and practices. "Addressing these rules could give management more flexibility to cut costs and help minimize future rate hikes. Likewise, comparing the DWP's work practices to those at other utilities could show that it is over-staffing certain tasks or needs to invest in technology to boost productivity," according to the piece.

LAObserved previews the city's New Year's Eve celebration in Grand Park.

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