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Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis faces new questions, water usage increases, will California become six new states?



Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis is facing new questions about whether she improperly sought campaign contributions for President Obama when she was U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis is facing new questions about whether she improperly sought campaign contributions for President Obama when she was U.S. Secretary of Labor.
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Today is Thursday, July 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Rep. Darrell Issa says he has audio that shows L.A. County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis improperly participated in fundraising activities for the president when she was Secretary of Labor, reports the Los Angeles Times."(Solis) has previously declined to comment in detail on questions about a related federal inquiry involving allegedly improper fundraising activity, but has said in statements that she does not believe she did anything wrong," per the Times.

A new report finds the state's energy costs and environmental programs weaken the state's business climate, reports the Daily News. "Californians and Angelenos appreciate the delicate balance that must happen between preserving economic opportunity and preserving our state’s natural beauty," said Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas endorsed Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell for sheriff, reports KPCC.

KPCC looks at more than 150 years of efforts to split up California into multiple states. Over at the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton writes a column about the latest effort to break up California into six new states.

Lady Gaga stars in a new PSA for California's drought. Meanwhile, the Daily News reports the state's water usage is up 8 percent compared to last year. Water experts say the bump is "related to soaring temperatures and faith in a drought-busting El Niño that made conservation seem less urgent," per the newspaper.

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