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Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown talks water, candidate declares for Board of Supervisors, the legacy of Sheriff Baca

Gov. Jerry Brown will be in town Thursday to meet with water officials about the state's drought.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be in town Thursday to meet with water officials about the state's drought.
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Today is Thursday, Jan. 30, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown will be in town today to meet with water officials about the state's drought, reports Capitol Alert. The governor spoke with President Obama Wednesday about the state's water problems.

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Los Angeles last night for a fundraiser. Her appearance brought in about $700,000 for the Democrats, reports LAObserved.

A councilman from El Monte, Juventino "J" Gomez, declared himself a candidate for the Board of Supervisors' First District, according to the Los Angeles Times. Gomez is a former aide to Supervisor Mike Antonovich. Former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is also running for the seat.

Writing for the Jewish Journal, Bill Boyarsky talks to Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky about how Judaism impacts his work. "What has kept me motivated and going in this field was the opportunity to make a difference. It’s a cliché, but its true," he says.

The Daily News considers the legacy of Sheriff Lee Baca, who is set to leave office today at noon. "Baca’s record, however, has been tarnished by back-to-back scandals in recent years — everything from thuggery in the jails to questionable product endorsements — and he has decided to leave without touting his crime-fighting credentials or, indeed, any fanfare at all," according to the piece.

Which Way, L.A.? interviews L.A. County's Interim Sheriff John Scott about his new job.

KPCC talked to DWP General Manager Ron Nichols about his environmental legacy as he prepares to leave the utility. According to Nichols, "DWP’s biggest unresolved challenge is tapping more local sources of water and finding ways to pay for them, particularly if they’ve been contaminated," per the radio station.

The Eastsider L.A. reports Councilman Mitch O'Farrell has introduced a motion to make the Sunset Triangle Plaza a permanent fixture on Griffith Park Boulevard.

Put on your running shoes -- Los Angeles will host the U.S. Olympic marathon trials in 2016, per the Los Angeles Times.

Tweet of the Day goes to a rain cloud far, far away.



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