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Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown releases a budget, Bobby Shriver files papers, is LA a city in decline?

Gov. Jerry Brown will release a budget today that calls for more funding on social services and the state's debt.
Gov. Jerry Brown will release a budget today that calls for more funding on social services and the state's debt.
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Is Los Angeles a city in decline? That's the finding of the 2020 Commission, which was tasked with looking at the city's finances. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, LA Weekly

Gov. Jerry Brown will propose a budget that increases funding for social services while paying down the state's debt, reports the Sacramento Bee. "The election-year spending plan will open six months of budget negotiations at the Capitol, with Brown preparing for a likely re-election bid. The Legislative Analyst’s Office projected last fall that the state could post a $5.6 billion surplus by June 2015, and social service and education advocates already are pressing Brown for more money," per the newspaper.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver filed papers to begin fundraising for a seat on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, reports the Los Angeles Times. Shriver is looking to run for the seat Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will leave later this year. Former state lawmaker Sheila Kuehl is also running for the Third District post.

Controller Ron Galperin issued subpoenas for the head of the Department of Water and Power's union in an effort to get financial documents tied to two trusts entirely funded by the utility. IBEW Local 18's Brian D'Arcy maintains the trusts are private entities and therefore do not need to open their books. KPCC, Daily News



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