Politics, government and public life for Southern California

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

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price

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Following complaints that Los Angeles was not conducting an independent study on its minimum wage proposal, Councilman Curren Price invited the business and labor communities to submit their own reports.

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

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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.

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

Sen. Kevin de Leon

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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.

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

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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.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Kamala Harris to run for Senate, violent crime up in LA, former LAUSD superintendent gets new job

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California Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate, she said Tuesday.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 13 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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State Attorney General Kamala Harris will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016. "California has been incredibly well served by the transformational leadership of Senator Boxer and the continued service of Senator (Dianne) Feinstein. With your help, I hope to build on their legacies in the U.S. Senate," Harris wrote on her Facebook page. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, Sacramento Bee

Former LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy joined a training academy backed by philanthropist Eli Broad, reports KPCC. At the Broad Center for the Management of School Systems, Deasy will focus on training and coaching leaders in public education.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa considers US Senate, police union gets a PR firm, Long Beach preps for State of the City

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

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Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.

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

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the campaign is on to move L.A. elections and Sheriff Jim McDonnell faces a tough challenge.

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa posted a statement to Facebook that he is strongly considering a run for the U.S. Senate. "Too many Californians are struggling to make ends meet, pay the bills, and send their kids to college. They are looking for progressive leaders in Washington who will fight for them, like Senator (Barbara) Boxer has done for over 20 years," he said in his statement.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Race on for Senate seat, governor to release budget, complaints over a City Hall study

Barbara Boxer

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Sen. Barbara Boxer will not seek reelection in 2016.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 9 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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The race is on to see which politicians will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 now that Barbara Boxer won't be on the ballot. Frontrunners include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. "There is an entire generation who has been waiting for this opportunity," Dan Schnur with USC's Unruh Institute of Politics told KPCC.

Gov. Jerry Brown will release the state budget at 10 a.m. According to the Sacramento Bee, the budget will hold the line on spending within the University of California system. "The budget includes the same, modest annual funding increase – $120 million – that Brown has previously proposed for UC, on the condition that tuition remain flat," according to the paper.

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