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Maven's Morning Coffee: Feinstein talks marijuana, Democratic Party endorses in supervisor's race, profile of a whistleblower

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Today is Thursday, March 20, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she's skeptical of efforts to legalize marijuana in California. "The risk of people using marijuana and driving is very substantial," Feinstein says. She's also concerned that recreational use of the drug could lead to other drug use.

KPCC profiles Bob Olmsted, a candidate for sheriff, with this opener: "Whistleblowing cops usually end up as pariahs. Bob Olmsted is no different."

The L.A. County Democratic Party endorsed Sheila Kuehl for the Board of Supervisors, reports KPCC. Why didn't the party pick her opponent Bobby Shriver? "Despite his familiar heritage, he has not been engaged at the grassroots level," said party Chairman Eric Bauman.

Bernard Parks Jr., the son of and chief of staff to L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks, will not run for the Eighth District seat when his father is termed out in 2015, according to the Downtown News. "These offices are not a birthright. This isn’t England. You are not anointed when your parent dies. If your heart is not in this it is best not to get involved. It’s not a 9-5 job," he says.

A Los Angeles Times editorial compares the 2013 shooting at LAX to a 2002 attack at an El Al ticket counter in the Tom Bradley International Terminal. "The assessments differ in their details, but the similarities a dozen years apart are worrisome," according to the Times.

Tweet of the Day goes to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino.

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