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Maven's Morning Coffee: California gets campaign finance transparency bill, Republican gubernatorial candidates debate, an endorsement for the Board of Supervisors

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Today is Thursday, May 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 27, which will require nonprofit organizations that make political contributions in California to disclose more information, reports the Sacramento Bee. "The bill ... requires nonprofit groups disclose the names of donors who give them $1,000 or more to spend on political activity in California, if the group makes contributions of more than $50,000 in a year," according to the newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran for the Board of Supervisors' Third District. "Duran gets the nod because he is also the one most likely to lead the county toward new and better ways of thinking about and doing its business," per the Times.

Republican State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and his GOP rival for governor Neel Kashkari will debate at 5 p.m. on KFI 640 AM, reports KPCC. A recent Field Poll showed 17 percent of likely voters back Donnelly, compared to just 2 percent for Kashkari.

Tweet of the Day goes to a City Hall reporter.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will receive an award at the Los Angeles NAACP 100th Anniversary event at 6:30 p.m.

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