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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown visits Mexico, Congress wants the Dodgers back on TV, Paul Tanaka gets a hefty paycheck

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Today is Monday, July 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the L.A. City Council returns from summer vacation and politicians look ahead to the 2016 and 2018 elections.

Gov. Jerry Brown is on his way to Mexico to meet with lawmakers about economic and environmental cooperation with California, according to the Sacramento Bee. Brown's delegation includes 100 lawmakers, business leaders and administration officials.

In 2013, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was the second highest-paid employee in Los Angeles County at $591,000, reports the Daily News. That figure includes unused sick leave and vacation days that were paid out when Tanaka retired. He is now running for sheriff.

Members of Southern California's Congressional delegation want the Federal Communications Commission to broker a deal that will get the Dodgers back on L.A. televisions, reports the Los Angeles Times. "In an interview, (Rep. Tony) Cárdenas said the lawmakers are asking the FCC to get involved in because this dispute is 'tremendous.' He said he has heard from constituents who 'can't watch their favorite team and they're bummed'," per the Times.

A 20-year-old man died Sunday when lightning struck Venice Beach, reports LAObserved. "Many on the beach reported seeing bright flashes, feeling their hair rise and the loudest thunderclaps they had ever heard," according to the website.

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