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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jim McDonnell profile, response to State of the State, Schwarzenegger talks regret

KPCC profiles Long Beach Police Chief, and candidate for sheriff, Jim McDonnell.
KPCC profiles Long Beach Police Chief, and candidate for sheriff, Jim McDonnell.
Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 23, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


KPCC profiles Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, a candidate for sheriff. "If elected, McDonnell would be the first sheriff to come from outside the department in at least 100 years," according to the station.

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was a guest on KFI's John and Ken show. In the words of the L.A. Weekly, "It didn't go well." "Tanaka had very little to say for himself, other than that he had been in law enforcement for 33 years, and it would be inappropriate to comment on anything else," according to the paper.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari taped a response to Gov. Jerry Brown's State of the State address. Kashkari campaign

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas penned a Daily News op-ed on getting a train to LAX. "The discussion now needs to be intensified and elevated to connect Los Angeles to the rest of the world by the standard we expect and deserve," he writes.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit. "I'm most proud that I was smart enough to immigrate to the greatest country in the world where I could accomplish all of my dreams. I'm least proud of the mistakes I made that caused my family pain and split us up," he told users.

The National Council of Jewish Women will host an event on Sunday that looks at the diminishing number of women in local government. Speakers include State Sen. Holly Mitchell, Compton Mayor Aja Brown and L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez. Details available here.



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