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Maven's Morning Coffee: Reports on LA's minimum wage, grants for earthquake retrofits, Jeb Bush's fundraising trip

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 15 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be in Southern California today to raise money for his Right to Rise leadership PAC and the Right to Rise super PAC, reports City News Service. He is expected at events in Los Angeles and Riverside.

After the business community expressed concern that an independent study on the city's proposed minimum wage increase would not truly be independent, L.A. Councilman Curren Price invited business and labor groups to do their own reports on the wage proposal, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Even with information provided by the chamber and federation of labor, we still must have a different credible and unbiased source for the city study," said Ruben Gonzalez, senior vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach will run for the state Senate, reports the Daily Pilot. Moorlach, a Republican, will run for the seat held by Mimi Walters before she was elected to Congress.

The California Earthquake Authority is making $3,000 grants available to Angelenos who want to retrofit their homes, reports KPCC. The grants are specifically for single-family, wood framed homes that were built before 1979.

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