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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP chief out, Wendy Greuel sits out county race, Sheriff to return to reserve duty

The Department of Water and Power's general manager will step down at the end of the month.
The Department of Water and Power's general manager will step down at the end of the month. Stevelyon/Flickr

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Today is Friday, Jan. 10, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The general manager of the Department of Water and Power is leaving after three years on the job. Ron Nichols' last day at the utility will be Jan. 31. "My decision to leave is my own and is for personal reasons," he wrote in his resignation letter. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel says she will not run for county supervisor, according to KPCC. "Simply put, the timing was not right for me, and I felt it was important to go with my gut," Greuel says.

The former chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission will formally announce his run for secretary of state today, reports Capitol Alert. Dan Schnur's platform will focus on limiting the impact of campaign donations on legislation.

Sheriff Lee Baca may be leaving his job at the end of the month but that doesn't mean he's entirely leaving the Sheriff's Department. The Daily News reports Baca will stay on as a reserve deputy. "A deputy sheriff is out there, every day, with the people, and that’s really something," he says.

The city of Palmdale is appealing a court decision that found at-large elections violate the California Voting Rights Act, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Several other California jurisdictions with at-large voting systems and significant minority populations but few or no minority elected officials have switched to by-district elections to avoid or settle lawsuits," according to the piece.

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