Represent! | Politics, government and public life for Southern California
Politics

Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI questions Kevin De Leon bill, Newport Beach brings back fire rings, a look at Ezell Ford's life



The Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee are both reporting that FBI agents are sniffing around an energy bill carried by the leader of the state Senate, Kevin De Leon.
The Los Angeles Times and Sacramento Bee are both reporting that FBI agents are sniffing around an energy bill carried by the leader of the state Senate, Kevin De Leon.
Sharon McNary/KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe.

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 14 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Both the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee are reporting FBI agents are asking questions about an energy bill once supported by the leader of the state Senate, Kevin De Leon. It's unclear exactly what agents were looking for. "I don't know of anyone who had been contacted by the FBI," De Leon's chief of staff told the Times.

KPCC profiles Ezell Ford, an unarmed African-American man who was shot and killed by police last year. "I want the world to know that he was a human being, with a soul, that was loved, and he loved," says Ford's great-aunt.

The Newport Beach City Council voted to bring back wood-burning fire rings at Corona del Mar State Beach and an area near the Balboa Pier, reports the Orange County Register. The proposal requires a permit from the California Coastal Commission.

Former L.A. City Councilwoman Roz Wyman was named to the L.A. County Arts Commission, according to the Los Angeles Times. She's 84 now but when Wyman was 22, she was the youngest person ever elected to the city council.

Which Way, LA? discusses oil drilling in Hermosa Beach.

Press Conferences

None

Upcoming Votes

Wednesday

Questions or comments on Maven's Morning Coffee can be sent here