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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's affordable housing problem, fallout from the June primary, profile of a consultant

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Today is Thursday, June 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC looks at why there are not more affordable apartments in Los Angeles. "In Los Angeles — a city where fewer and fewer residents can afford to buy a house — rents are the least affordable they've ever been; constructing more apartments would certainly help. But developers say that building new housing – especially affordable units – is an agonizing process," according to the station.

Political consultant Michael Trujillo is profiled in the LA Weekly ."At 18 he became the youngest city commissioner ever. Thirty-five campaigns later, after countless warm cans of Diet Coke, feuds and friendships and notorious emails that made him seem, at times, unhinged and un-hireable, he's still in the game," per the Weekly.

Today talked to independent Marianne Williamson about her rookie mistakes and fourth place finish in the June 3 primary for the 33rd Congressional District. Maria Shriver, whose brother ran in the same primary for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, conducted the interview.

Mayor Eric Garcetti wants Angelenos to tweet their support for bringing the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum to Los Angeles, reports the Downtown News. "Garcetti now is urging web-connected Angelenos to Tweet #WhyLucasinLA with a video, a picture or even a haiku. In a picture on the email, he holds up a drawing of R2D2 emblazoned with the Dodgers’ interlocking ‘LA’ logo," according to the newspaper.



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