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Maven's Morning Coffee: Profile of Paul Tanaka, mayoral runoff in Long Beach, the race for the LAUSD Board of Education

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Today is Monday, June 2, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the registrar-recorder needs volunteers, Mayor Eric Garcetti's website needs a boost, and the Department of Transportation needs help installing traffic signals.

The Los Angeles Times profiles former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka, a candidate for sheriff, in advance of tomorrow's election. "A county commission concluded that he helped foster problems with brutality inside the jails. And the FBI is investigating allegations that he played a role in obstructing their investigation into the abuse," per the Times.

Down in Long Beach, former NFL player Damon Dunn and Councilman Robert Garcia will be in the runoff for mayor tomorrow. "Some observers say the winner could help forge a new image of the city, whose bustling port and up-and-coming urban core have always existed in the shadow of Los Angeles," according to Los Angeles Times.

The corruption case of state Sen. Ron Calderon has overshadowed the election in the 32nd Senate District, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram. "The current contest is the first election for the 32nd state Senate district since its lines were redrawn during the last redistricting process. Calderon, a Democrat, represented some of the communities that are within the district before being suspended from the Legislature earlier this year after federal authorities charged him with several crimes," according to the newspaper.

LA School Report looks at what it would take to avoid a runoff in tomorrow's LAUSD Board of Education election. Name recognition and high turnout are key, per the website.

The Downtown News ticks off seven things a reporter learned from the websites of Los Angeles City Council members. For example, Councilman Felipe Fuentes has chickens and Councilman Mike Bonin "loathes neckties."



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