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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown undergoes cancer treatments, Animal Services get behavioral assessments, volunteers perform LA County's marriages

Jerry Brown Attends Rally In Support Of Proposition 30

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Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer, according to his doctor.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Treatment is expected to be complete in four weeks, reports KPCC.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton says now is the time to update Prop 13. "But anytime a thoughtful politician has had the courage to suggest tinkering, there have been howls from homeowners — egged on by anti-tax pros — who fret that their low property assessments are going to skyrocket," he writes.

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Just how big is Obama in L.A. County? (Hint: Bigger than New Jersey)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads a state that cast fewer votes for President Barack Obama than voters in Los Angeles County.

All the votes cast for President Barack Obama in Los Angeles County add up to more than he got in all of New Jersey, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.

But New Jersey isn't alone —  it's just one of 42 states that L.A. County outnumbered in terms of votes for the President.

Obama received 2,216,903 votes from Los Angeles County, and 2,122,786 from New Jersey residents. So what, you say? (Actually, that was my first thought when my editor suggested I write about this.)

Let's face it. L.A. is a big, crowded place, with an economy that outrstrips entire nations. The sheer volume of just about anything we do here would seem to have lost its newsworthiness.

You want numbers? I gotcha numbers right heah, I say in a fake New Jersey accent.

L.A. County residents cast 885,333 votes for Mitt Romney. The entire population of New Jersey's five biggest cities — Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Edison — is only 10,500 more than that.

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Gov. Jerry Brown getting radiation treatment for prostate cancer (Read Brown's full statement)

California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

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California Governor Jerry Brown announces his public employee pension reform plan Oct. 27, 2011 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

California Gov. Jerry Brown is being treated with radiation for early stage prostate cancer, his office announced Wednesday.

The 74-year-old Brown is receiving a short course of conventional radiotherapy for "localized prostate cancer," the statement said.

Brown's "prognosis is excellent, and there are not expected to be any significant side effects," University of California, San Francisco oncologist Eric Small said.

The radiation treatment will be completed the week of Jan. 7 — nearly four weeks from now — and Brown will continue to work a full schedule, the statement said.

Brown's spokesman Gil Duran declined further comment.

It is the governor's second bout with cancer. He underwent minor surgery in spring 2011 to remove a cancerous growth on his nose. He was put under local anesthetic and doctors removed basal cell carcinoma, a common, slow-growing form of skin cancer, from the right side of his nose.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: labor wants CAO out, analysis of same-sex marriage campaigns, plea deal for Andrea Alarcon

Inaugural Gala Of LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes

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In interviews with labor, mayoral candidates are being asked whether they would keep City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. Only one said yes.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Labor wants to know if mayoral candidates would keep the city's top budget official if they are elected, reports the Los Angeles Times. Council President Herb Wesson said he would fight any effort by the new mayor to remove Miguel Santana.

The Atlantic does a deep dive on the campaign to support same-sex marriage. The success of Proposition 8 in California also gets a look. "The breakthrough victories for gay marriage in 2012 were narrow and hard-won. They were the result of meticulous work by a disciplined group of operatives who had vowed, after the defeats of 2008 and 2009, to find a way to win at the ballot box," according to the piece.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa under fire for "Fix the Debt" association

Angela Garcia Combs says she gathered more than 20,000 signatures urging Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to withdraw from "The Coalition to Fix the Debt," which she argues is dominated by Republicans trying to slash social programs. (12/11/12)

Angela Garcia Combs stood outside Los Angeles City Hall with a box of petitions

“I’m not an activist,” she said. “With the exception of the fifth grade, I’ve never initiated a petition before.”

At Bushard Elementary School, Combs gathered signatures demanding that the principal allow girls to wear open-toe sandals, like the boys.

Four decades later, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s decision to join “The Campaign to Fix the Debt” prompted her to circulate a petition again.

“I cannot accept him lending his name and our good city’s name to ‘Fix the Debt,’” said Combs, who writes theater criticism, essays and screenplays.

Combs, 50, said she collected more than 20,000 signatures through MoveOn.org on a petition urging Villaraigosa to withdraw from the group. She heard about his move only two weeks ago.

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