Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Alarcon found guilty, LAUSD negotiates with union, history of freeways in LA

City Councilman Richard Alarcon

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Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies Wednesday for lying about where he lived while he served on the council.

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Today is Thursday, July 24, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Former L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was convicted of four felonies Wednesday for lying about where he lived. Alarcon could face as much as six years in state prison when he's sentenced in September. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Former Bell Mayor George Cole was sentenced to home confinement for his role in the city's corruption scandal, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There’s no way to express the shame, the remorse," Cole said at his sentencing.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LADOT's new leader, Calderon trial delayed, an endorsement for Sheila Kuehl

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Streetsblog LA considers what it means to have new leadership at the Department of Transportation.

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Today is Wednesday, July 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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KPCC considers why President Obama will be at LA Trade Tech College tomorrow. "The stop at Trade Tech takes the president out of the ritzy neighborhoods of his fundraisers and places him in front of many people who are struggling to complete their education and find a way to make a living. This is Los Angeles - where the gap between the rich and the poor is wide," per the station.

Streetsblog LA writes about what message Mayor Eric Garcetti sent by hiring Seleta Reynolds to run the Department of Transportation. "By seeing Los Angeles through fresh eyes will help her see it for what it is, and what it can be, instead of being paralyzed by false fears of what it can not be and what we can not do," according to the site.

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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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The Los Angeles Times reports the Obama family is purchasing a $4.25 million home in Rancho Mirage. The White House says the rumors are not true. President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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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.

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Controllers' recount: Perez pulls the plug

Democratic National Convention

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Assembly Speaker John Perez poses for a picture at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012.

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has called a halt to the recount of votes in the state Controller's race, having gained just ten votes over six days of counting, at a cost of at least $30,000, his campaign consultant Douglas Herman said.

Perez made a call to Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee Friday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m. to concede the race.  She placed second in the June 3 primary election by 481 votes.  Perez placed third.  Yee will face Republican Ashley Swearengin in the November general election.

Perez decided to end the recount to avoid interfering with election officials' mid-August deadlines to mail ballots to military personnel and international voters, Herman said.

Had Perez not called off the counting, San Bernardino County would have begun its recount on Monday, and Kern County would have continued a seventh day of counting ballots.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Hilda Solis faces new questions, water usage increases, will California become six new states?

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Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis is facing new questions about whether she improperly sought campaign contributions for President Obama when she was U.S. Secretary of Labor.

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Today is Thursday, July 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Rep. Darrell Issa says he has audio that shows L.A. County Supervisor-elect Hilda Solis improperly participated in fundraising activities for the president when she was Secretary of Labor, reports the Los Angeles Times."(Solis) has previously declined to comment in detail on questions about a related federal inquiry involving allegedly improper fundraising activity, but has said in statements that she does not believe she did anything wrong," per the Times.

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