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Maven's Morning Coffee: Obama back in LA, LAUSD employee honored at White House, a survey on Latino voters

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The Los Angeles Times reports the Obama family is purchasing a $4.25 million home in Rancho Mirage. The White House says the rumors are not true. President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Today is Tuesday, July 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

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Are the Obamas purchasing a home in Rancho Mirage? The White House says the rumors are not true but the Los Angeles Times reports the president and first lady are in escrow for a $4.25 million home. Also, President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be on KPCC's AirTalk at 11:30 a.m. to discuss the situations in Gaza and Ukraine as well as her new book.

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Controllers' recount: Perez pulls the plug

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Assembly Speaker John Perez poses for a picture at the 2012 Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012.

Former Assembly Speaker John Perez has called a halt to the recount of votes in the state Controller's race, having gained just ten votes over six days of counting, at a cost of at least $30,000, his campaign consultant Douglas Herman said.

Perez made a call to Board of Equalization Member Betty Yee Friday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m. to concede the race.  She placed second in the June 3 primary election by 481 votes.  Perez placed third.  Yee will face Republican Ashley Swearengin in the November general election.

Perez decided to end the recount to avoid interfering with election officials' mid-August deadlines to mail ballots to military personnel and international voters, Herman said.

Had Perez not called off the counting, San Bernardino County would have begun its recount on Monday, and Kern County would have continued a seventh day of counting ballots.

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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.

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 Thursday, July 17, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

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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