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Maven's Morning Coffee: FBI searches a state senate office, Compton has a new mayor, Q&A with powerful union boss

The FBI raided state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, as well as the office of the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. An attorney for Calderon says the feds don't have a case.
The FBI raided state Sen. Ron Calderon's office, as well as the office of the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. An attorney for Calderon says the feds don't have a case.
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Today is Wednesday, June 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The FBI raided the offices of state Sen. Ron Calderon and the Latino Caucus Tuesday afternoon. Mark Geragos, Calderon's attorney, said the feds "have no case, so what they do is they leak the sealed information in an effort to hassle innocent people, and that's all the comment I have." Sacramento Bee, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press

President Obama will host Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage this weekend. "The White House proposed the informal summit in hopes the two leaders can establish a personal rapport early in Xi's tenure and discuss — without the pageantry of a state visit," reports the Los Angeles Times. Sunnylands.

Los Angeles Times writer and KPCCer Patt Morrison does a Q&A with Brian d'Arcy of IBEW Local 18 wherein he talks about the Wendy Greuel campaign and Board of Water and Power Commissioners. Asked whether he really gave the middle finger to a LA Weekly reporter, "I did flip him off — he was jumping up and down like my Labradoodle at the back door."

Gov. Jerry Brown is now governing like his father, with an emphasis on infrastructure projects, according to a piece in Bloomberg. "Today, the 75-year-old Jerry Brown doesn’t have time to worry about the details, money or whether his proposed projects can accomplish the grand promises he makes," according to the piece.

KPCC catches up with Rep. Maxine Waters, who is now the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Financial Services Committee. "I stayed, I worked, I've learned, and I've earned the seniority," she says.

Aja Brown was elected mayor of Compton Tuesday evening, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Brown, who holds a master's degree in planning from USC and has a near-decade of experience working in cities, vowed to move Compton beyond years of chaotic politics, financial meltdowns and a reputation for corruption," according to The Times.

Management of the Los Angeles Convention Center should be turned over to AEG according to an independent panel, KPCC reports. "The AEG proposal presents an enhanced, cost-effective and unique experience for all Convention Center visitors," according to CAO Miguel Santana.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa may be headed to Venice, reports LAObserved.

The West Hollywood City Council is still looking for a company to operate its proposed "party bus," according to CurbedLA and WEHOville. That means the bus won't be in place by its expected July 1 start date.


Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will host a roundtable discussion with representatives from the technology industry at 1 p.m. At 7 p.m., he'll meet with residents in Boyle Heights at the Puente Learning Center.


8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010


Tweet of the Day goes to Homeboy Industries for Father Greg Boyle's 25 years with the organization.

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