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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD diver takes on La Brea Tar Pits, San Onofre shut down

Mammoth scene at La Brea Tar Pits

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An LAPD diver describes searching the La Brea Tar Pits in a murder investigation.

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

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Today is Friday, June 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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It turns out that state Attorney General Kamala Harris and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom were at the weekend wedding of Internet billionaire Sean Parker -- the same wedding that was fined $2.5 million by the Coastal Commission because "a company working on the event drove bulldozers into the wilderness to erect a stone bridge, fake castle walls and a dance floor on the delicate ecosystem of a public campground," reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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House guts funding for Dreamers executive order; Senate likely to put it back

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Roberto (Bear) Guerra

Two undocumented students hug as they are about to graduate from UCLA last year

The House of Representatives has voted to cut funding to President Obama's initiative allowing undocumented immigrants or "Dreamers" to stay in the United States. 

The GOP-led House voted 224-201 in favor of an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill that forbids spending on the policy that exercises "prosecutorial discretion with respect to individuals who came to this country as children." 

Last June, President Obama issued an executive order that postpones for two years the deportation of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. before they were 16 years old, are currently younger than 31, without criminal records, and are high school graduates or in school or the military. 

Riverside Democrat Mark Takano compared the amendment to California's Proposition 187  - the 1994 voter-approved measure that denied many state services to undocumented immigrants. He said Prop 187 turned many California Latinos away from the Republican Party for more than a generation.

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State Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother have ties to local water district (Updated)

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Rich Pedroncelli/AP

The Sacramento offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, were searched by the FBI this week. The FBI would not disclose the reason for the investigation.

California state Sen. Ron Calderon, whose Sacramento offices were raided Tuesday by the FBI, has personal and legislative ties to the Central Basin Municipal Water District — a public agency that is also under federal scrutiny.
 
The former owner of a Southern California water conservation consulting firm says he was sought out twice this year by the FBI for information about the water district, which serves various cities in southeast L.A. County, including Calderon's base in Montebello.

In recent years, Calderon introduced a bill that would have benefited the district and argued against another piece of legislation that the agency opposed. 

All the while, the water district was paying consulting fees to Calderon's brother, former California state legislator Tom Calderon.

RELATED: Who's who in the investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon

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Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI raid not a surprise in Sacramento, DCFS needs more social workers, USC parking plan delayed

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Rich Pedroncelli/AP

The Sacramento Bee reports that folks are not surprised that state Sen. Ron Calderon's office received a visit from federal authorities.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings 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 Thursday, June 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Sacramento Bee finds not many people were surprised when state Sen. Ron Calderon's office was raided by the FBI. "He has definitely been a public official who enjoys the perks of being a public official," according to a rep for Common Cause. Capitol Alert also clarifies that federal authorities did not search the Latino Legislative Caucus office.

The Calderon investigation was also the subject of last night's Which Way, LA?

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House conservatives weigh in on Senate immigration bill

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Freshman Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Redding) says it might be easier to pass immigration reform in pieces

Conservative House Republicans raked the Senate immigration proposal over the coals at a lunch meeting Wednesday. The meeting featured one of the orchestrators of that bill, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. 

The closed door meeting of the Republican Study Group reportedly produced no fireworks, but lots of criticism. Most want to see tougher language on border security. The lawmakers in the Study Group also debated whether immigration reform should be tackled issue by issue.

California Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham is a member of the Study Group. He's a big picture guy and says he believes "very strongly we have to have a comprehensive bill. There are too many different pieces to this that affect different segments of California." Pieces like temporary visas for both agricultural and high tech workers, for example.

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