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Maven's Morning Coffee: Brown to declare drought, Marianne Williamson profile, Valentine's Day at the Zoo

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Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to issue a drought declaration Friday.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Gov. Jerry Brown will be in San Francisco today to declare a drought emergency, reports Capitol Alert. "At the end of the day, if it doesn't rain, California's in for real trouble. And the governor, through a declaration, can't make it rain," Brown said earlier this week.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Abel Maldonado ended his campaign Thursday. KPCC, Sacramento Bee

County crews did about $10,000 worth of work on Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas' home, according to the Los Angeles Times, including the installation of drywall, an air conditioner, appliances and a security system. Ridley-Thomas did not respond to the Times' request for comment.

LA Weekly looks at the campaign of Marianne Williamson, who is running against Rep. Henry Waxman for a seat in Congress. "No question about it, Waxman is one of the most powerful and influential Democrats in Washington. But in this type of political environment, that both helps and hurt," says Dan Schnur of USC's Unruh Institute of Politics.

Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke told the California Women's Policy Summit in Sacramento that women's issues go beyond abortion, reports Capitol Alert. "If you believe in a woman's right to decide it's not the time to have a child, then you also believe in her right to decide that it is time to have a child," Fluke said.

The Los Angeles Zoo will celebrate Valentine's Day with a "Sex and the City Zoo" event. The adults-only evening includes desserts, wine and a presentation on animal mating. L.A. Zoo

Pressers

Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at Cal State Northridge at 11:30 a.m. 

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