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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA bans e-cigarettes, Mayor Garcetti tests his Spanish skills, Hilda Solis takes up at Cal Poly

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Today is Wednesday, March 5, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The city of Los Angeles banned e-cigarettes in places where tobacco is already prohibited. Before the Los Angeles City Council took its vote Tuesday, council President Herb Wesson talked about his 40-year struggle with smoking. "I will not support anything — anything — that might attract one new smoker," he said. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

The Los Angeles Times looks at how Mayor Eric Garcetti's language skills are being put to the test during his trade mission to Mexico. "Garcetti, like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, speaks a version of the language that, for lack of a more scientific term, might be called Funky American Business Spanish," per the Times. Over at KPCC, Garcetti stopped by Take Two to talk about his trip.

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is a scholar-in-residence at Cal Poly while she runs for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "She chose to focus her political ambitions on Los Angeles, rather than Sacramento or Washington, she said, to have more regular contact with the people she would serve, if elected," according to the newspaper.

The Sacramento Bee found California lawmakers were treated to more than $550,000 in travel-related expenses in 2013. The top spenders were Assembly Speaker John Perez, Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, and Sens. Ricardo Lara and Kevin De Leon.

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