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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff's runoff confirmed, Congressional recount ends, questions posed over hotel subsidies

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Today is Thursday, June 26, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

The runoff for L.A. County sheriff is confirmed for the November ballot, according to the Daily News. Final vote tallies show Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell finished just 0.65 percent short of the 50 percent plus 1 mark needed to win in the primary. He will face former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Republican Lesli Gooch has ended the recount in the 31st Congressional District, reports KPCC. "This was an important process and a critical election. I am comfortable that we have done our due diligence for the voters of the 31st District," she said in a statement. Gooch placed third in the San Bernardino election, behind Republican businessman Paul Chabot and Democrat Pete Aguilar.

Despite City Hall's frustration that officials do not know how two nonprofits are spending public funds, it appears the Department of Water and Power must continue funding the groups under the city's agreement with the IBEW Local 18, reports the LA Weekly. "We're talking to our lawyers. We're trying to assess our options," said Mel Levine, the chair of the Water and Power Commission.

The L.A. City Council's Transportation Committee approved Seleta Reynolds as the Transportation Department's new general manager, reports Streetsblog LA. Her nomination is expected to be considered by the full council on July 1.

Which Way, LA? considers whether hotel tax subsidies benefit Los Angeles taxpayers.

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