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Maven's Morning Coffee: Shriver to run for county supes, controversy over Promise Zone funding, 2015 LA City Council races

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Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver will announce his run for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors later this morning.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 21, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver will announce his run for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors this morning in the Pacific Palisades, reports KPCC. Shriver served the city of Santa Monica from 2004 to 2012. He will be the fourth declared candidate for the seat.

Republican Neel Kashkari will give a "major speech" today in Sacramento. Capitol Alert speculates the former U.S. Treasury official will announce his run for governor.

Wave writer Betty Pleasant takes on Mayor Eric Garcetti over the federal Promise Zone funding, which is intended to help the city's impoverished areas — though none of the money will go toward South L.A. "It appears, then, that the exclusion of South L.A. from this money was deliberate, premeditated and intentional," she writes.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the dozen or so candidates who plan to run for the Los Angeles City Council in 2015 when Councilmen Bernard Parks and Tom LaBonge are termed out. "Parks and LaBonge, the only city lawmakers slated to step down next year under term limits, are among the council's most distinctive personalities," according to the piece.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will attend the groundbreaking of the Crenshaw/LAX Line with Sen. Barbara Boxer and U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx at 9:45 a.m.

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