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Maven's Morning Coffee: Profile of Paul Tanaka, mayor's State of the City address, who is leading in race for secretary of state?

KPCC profiles Paul Tanaka, the former undersheriff and now a candidate running for sheriff.
KPCC profiles Paul Tanaka, the former undersheriff and now a candidate running for sheriff.
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Today is Friday, April 11, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC profiles the many faces of former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, now a candidate for sheriff. "He faces more criticism for the department’s problems than just about anyone. The chorus of critics is only growing as he competes with six other candidates for one of the most powerful law enforcement jobs in California," according to the station.

In his State of the City address, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he would not allow the Department of Water and Power to raise rates this year. He also said an additional lane of the San Diego (405) Freeway will open next month, about five months ahead of schedule. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

According to Capitol Alert, a new Field Poll shows Republican Pete Peterson as the leading candidate for secretary of state. "Democratic state Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles trails with 17 percent, and none of the remaining three candidates garnered support from more than 5 percent of respondents," per the site.

Supervisorial candidate Bobby Shriver dropped out of a promotional event at a Rolls-Royce dealership, with the campaign saying the event was scheduled by mistake, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Since he entered the race in late January, Shriver has tried to downplay his well-heeled lineage as a member of the Kennedy political dynasty," according to the Times.

Kim Kardashian endorsed Marianne Williamson for Congress, per Jezebel.



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