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Maven's Morning Coffee: State Senate to discuss Leland Yee, Public Health director steps down, LA Chamber backs Bobby Shriver

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Today is Friday, March 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The state Senate will meet this morning to discuss whether to suspend Sen. Leland Yee, who was arrested this week for gun trafficking and corruption. "Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff has already introduced a resolution to suspend Yee, though the last time he tried that with a colleague, his measure was parked in the Senate Rules Committee," reports Capitol Alert.

The director of the L.A. County Department of Public Health is retiring. Dr. Jonathan Fielding is returning to UCLA but he told KPCC there is still a lot of work to be done at the county. "We still have huge disparities in health, and those disparities can be in part addressed in better medical care and better access to care," he said.

The population of Los Angeles County has now surpassed 10 million people, according to the Los Angeles Times. At 10,017,068 people, L.A. County is twice the size of next largest county, Cook County in Illinois.

The L.A. Area Chamber endorsed Bobby Shriver for the Board of Supervisors, reports KPCC. It's unclear whether the Chamber will spend money advertising for Shriver.



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