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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

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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.

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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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Maven's Morning Coffee: digital billboards come down, former commissioner goes to prison, county Fed declines to endorse

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A court has ordered Los Angeles' digital billboards to go dark. A three-judge panel determined existing law prohibited traditional billboards from being converted to the digital variety.

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 Tuesday, Dec. 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A three-judge panel has ordered 100 digital billboards to be taken down in the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The panel instructed a lower court to order the revocation of permits for electronic signs already permitted under the agreement, many of which were on the Westside," reports the newspaper.

The former president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, reports City News Service. Al Abrams was immediately taken into custody.

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Councilman Jose Huizar faces $10K fine for 2011 campaign

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Jose Huizar

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to pay a $10,500 fine for violations related to his 2011 reelection campaign.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar faces a $10,500 fine from the city Ethics Commission for violations related to his 2011 reelection campaign.

Commissioners will vote on the recommended fine on Thursday. They accuse the councilman’s campaign of accepting four $500 contributions in excess of the $500-per-donor cap that was in place in 2011. In two instances, the contributions came from companies that shared ownership. In the other two cases, donations came from an individual and his business. 

The Huizar campaign is also accused of failing to send the Ethics Commission copies of three emails it sent to thousands of supporters. In a statement, the councilman said he would pay the $10,500 fine. 

"I take full responsibility for these infractions committed by my 2011 campaign," Huizar said in a statement. "The excess contributions represent less than .05 percent of the total amount raised by my 2011 campaign, and my campaign mistakenly failed to file three out of 39 campaign communications with the commission.  While these errors were completely unintentional, they are nonetheless unacceptable."

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