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Maven's Morning Coffee: Obama back in LA, LAUSD employee honored at White House, a survey on Latino voters

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Today is Tuesday, July 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Are the Obamas purchasing a home in Rancho Mirage? The White House says the rumors are not true but the Los Angeles Times reports the president and first lady are in escrow for a $4.25 million home. Also, President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be on KPCC's AirTalk at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the situations in Gaza and Ukraine as well as her new book.

A teaching assistant who helped negotiate $15/hour wages for some LAUSD employees will be honored at the White House, reports City News Service. "Rafael Sanchez ... will be among a group of activists, business owners and workers honored for 'taking action to raise wages for working women and men around the country'," according to the piece.

A survey commissioned by the National Council of La Raza found Latino voters are more likely to back candidates with "progressive economic platforms," like raising the minimum wage, reports the Los Angeles Register. "One conclusion the pollsters drew from the data: Latinos don’t want to let the free market take its course since it hasn’t helped them in the past," per the article.

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge says the city will replant the George Harrison Tree in Griffith Park, which was killed by beetles, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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