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Maven's Morning Coffee: Cost of retrofitting apartments, LA loses a First Amendment case, Ron Calderon to surrender

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Today is Monday, Feb. 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, revenge of the "Bermanistas," Maria Elena Durazo reaches out to the pope and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hosts a political conference.

State Sen. Ron Calderon is expected to surrender to authorities this morning now that he's been charged in a 24-count indictment. The Montebello representative is accused of bribery and money laundering. KPCC looks at other recent political corruption cases in southeast Los Angeles County.

L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks wants landlords to be allowed to pass 100 percent of the cost to retrofit their buildings onto their tenants, reports the Los Angeles Times. The proposal is drawing fire from renters' groups. "This motion is like a direct attack on low-income and working renters in this city. It's ludicrous," according to the executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival.

Two Venice Beach performers who won a free speech lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles will be awarded $2 in damages, according to the Los Angeles Times. The city of Los Angeles has already spent $450,000 to argue the cases filed by Matt Dowd and David "Zuma Dogg" Saltsburg.

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters writes that a movement to split California into six states is a reflection of its diversity. The proposed ballot measure "remind(s) us that California’s cultural and economic diversity makes it very difficult to effectively govern the state without some residents feeling alienated and even victimized," according to Walters.



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