Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Rain soaks Southern California, Inglewood mayor joins Metro Board, Long Beach employees get back pay

LA Rain

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Sandbags and K rails line Rainbow Drive in Glendora in preparation for anticipated flooding.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 12 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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An early morning rainstorm has left thousands of Southern California residents without power. Roadways are flooded, mudslides were reported in Ventura County, and flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, reports KPCC.

Koreatown activist Grace Yoo will run against L.A. City Councilman Herb Wesson in the March 2015 election, reports the LA Weekly. Yoo was an outspoken critic of the city's 2012 redistricting process. "It was actually a very upsetting process. Because the whole request for community input was such a sham. The community input was never considered, in reality," Yoo said.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Setback in LA County's foster care reform, Long Beach gets new civic center, will Orange County use private ambulances?

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

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Supervisor Mike Antonovich says the county ended its contract with a headhunting firm because they weren't finding the right candidates to lead foster care reform.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 11 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks was one of the experts the NFL interview as it put together its new personal conduct policy, reports the Daily News. "They were interested in my experience at the LAPD and how we handled discipline. In many ways, there are a lot of similarities between an NFL player and a police officer," Parks said, noting both professionals face a lot of emotion on the job.

KPCC reports the L.A. County Board of Supervisors quietly ended its contract with a headhunting firm tasked with finding someone to lead foster care reforms. "We did not have the quality of people being recommended that we ought to have had," said Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

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Loretta Sanchez goes to bat with her latest holiday card

Loretta Sanchez' 2014 holiday card

Inside the Sanchez holiday card

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2011

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2007

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2008

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2004

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2006


Washington takes itself very seriously. That's why every year, the mere suggestion that Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is releasing her latest holiday card puts the entire town in a tizzy.

Every December, the Democrat from Anaheim sends out silly and sometimes slightly suggestive cards. Highlights from past years include a photograph of her straddling a motorcycle in a tank top and leather pants, ballroom dancing without the stars in a silver gown, posing in a beach chair with her furry pet Gretzky stretched across her lap and the headline "pet the cat." Washington eats it up, with pictures in the Washington Post, Politico, and ABC news. 

It's even on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KVchdumF0Q&feature=youtu.be

This year's card has a baseball theme with the lawmaker dangling a baseball bat over her shoulder. She and her husband wear Angel's shirts, posing in the outfield at Anaheim Stadium. The ballpark is in her district. "She's always an Angel in Congress" is scrawled across the front. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's 2015 election, urban design in Southern California, pay raise for state leaders

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The ballot is shaping up for the 2015 election in Los Angeles.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 5 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Deputy Mayor Rick Cole talked to the Planning Report about urban design and development. "Growing up in Pasadena, I intuitively believed that healthy neighborhoods are the underpinning of a vibrant economy, not an obstacle to be demolished for speculative real-estate development," he said.

KPCC reports the ballot for Los Angeles' 2015 municipal election is shaping up. "The final list of candidates will be made available on Dec. 15 - after officials have time to verify candidates had gathered enough signatures. But so far it doesn't appear that there will be any surprises," per the station.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Investigation into LAUSD iPad program, illegal dumping in LA, appointment to Riverside Board of Supervisors

Photo by Lexie Flickinger/Brad Flickinger via Flickr Creative Commons

A federal grand jury is looking into the LAUSD's iPad program.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 3 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The LAUSD's iPad program is the subject of a grand jury investigation. That came to light after FBI agents seized 20 boxes of documents from the district. "I’m doing everything to put things in order in this district. And because there is an investigation doesn’t mean something is necessarily wrong," said Superintendent Ramon Cortines. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

At its first meeting, the new L.A. County Board of Supervisors removed the acting CEO, reports the Los Angeles Times. Acting CEO Brence Culp was replaced with Sachi Hamai, an executive officer to the board.

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