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Maven's Morning Coffee: Hillary Clinton in LA, a retirement for the state Supreme Court, trial starts for former LA councilman

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Today is Thursday, June 19, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in town today for a book signing and awards dinner, according to the Associated Press.

California Supreme Court Justice Marvin Baxter is retiring after 24 years with the court, reports the Los Angeles Times. The vacancy, coupled with the retirement of Justice Joyce Kennard, means Gov. Jerry Brown will get to make two appointments to the high court.

The perjury and voter fraud trial of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is expected to begin today, reports the Daily News. The investigation into the politician's residency began back in 2010. Alarcon has pleaded not guilty.

The mayor of San Marino resigned after a video showed him throwing a bag of dog poop into his neighbor's yard, reports KPCC. Dennis Kneier will remain with the city as a council member.

A Los Angeles Times editorial criticizes labor for stonewalling City Hall's efforts to audit two nonprofits entirely funded with public money. The piece is also critical of city leadership for failing to keep tabs on the Department of Water and Power's union. "The IBEW is trying to portray city leaders' newfound sense of fiscal responsibility as an attack on the union, and as an effort to undermine the workers' contract with the city," per the editorial.

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