Politics, government and public life for Southern California

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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LA sheriff's race: Ridley-Thomas, other black leaders endorse McDonnell

Ridley-Thomas endorses McDonnell for Sheriff

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In another sign of his growing campaign strength, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell secured the endorsement of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Wednesday.  All five members of the Board of Supervisors now back McDonnell over former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

"Chief Jim McDonnell has the integrity and foresight to lead the Sheriff's Department into a new era of transparency and success," Ridley-Thomas said in a statement.

Prominent African American leaders joined Ridley-Thomas at a morning news conference at the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in the West Adams District.

McDonnell understands the balance between "protecting the rights of our residents while ensuring the safety of our families," said Pastor Xavier Thompson, President of the Baptist Ministers Conference in Los Angeles.​

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Election 2014: Perez persists in controller's race recount; Yee gets Democrats' cash

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Richard Rios, an attorney with the Betty Yee campaign for state controller, reviews a ballot being recounted by hand at the Kern County Registrar of Voters office July 11, 2014.

After three days of recounting ballots in the state controller's primary race, only seven votes shifted in favor of former state Assembly Speaker John Perez.   

Perez requested the recount and his campaign is paying for it.  He placed third in the primary and is trying to gain enough votes to replace Democrat Betty Yee on the November runoff ballot. Whoever is second will face Republican Ashley Swearengin. Yee beat Perez statewide by a very narrow margin of 481 votes.

Perez gained three votes in Kern County and four in Imperial as counting ended Tuesday evening.

Under state law, those newly counted votes from each county cannot not be applied to the state vote totals or change the outcome of the election until all of a county's votes are recounted, either by hand or machine.

Perez campaign consultant Douglas Herman said he expected the count to finish in Imperial County late Wednesday, and for the count to begin in San Bernardino County soon. The count in Kern County continues.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD's new chief, sheltering undocumented children in LA, marijuana farmers market shut down

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Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was named fire chief by Mayor Eric Garcetti Tuesday. His appointment is subject to approval by the L.A. City Council.

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

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Today is Wednesday, July 16, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Los Angeles today, speaking about education and support for veterans, according to City News Service.

Assistant Chief Ralph Terrazas was nominated to be the next chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. "I will dedicate our efforts on transforming the LAFD into a metric-driven, technologically sophisticated, community-focused organization that is reflective of the communities we serve," he said. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's minimum wage, challenges in Long Beach, did Mayor Garcetti lose a tablet?

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A coalition of activists are pushing a ballot proposal that would increase wages in Los Angeles to $15/hour.

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

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Today is Tuesday, July 15, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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A coalition of activists have put forward a ballot measure proposal that would increase the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15/hour. Supporters need to gather more than 61,000 signatures to get it qualified for an upcoming ballot. KPCC, Los Angeles Times

The Long Beach Press-Telegram outlines the challenges Mayor Robert Garcia and the new members of the city council will face: reducing pension costs, growing the middle class and strengthening the Port of Long Beach. "These issues will require a new level of creativity, some savvy negotiating skills and a strong vision of what’s needed to take this city forward," according to the newspaper.

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