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Maven's Morning Coffee: money for the sheriff's race, a non-partisan run office, LA City Council members get new cars

KPCC considers how much money it will take candidates to succeed retired Sheriff Lee Baca.
KPCC considers how much money it will take candidates to succeed retired Sheriff Lee Baca.
Erika Aguilar/KPCC

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Today is Monday, Feb. 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, state Sen. Kevin De Leon and Supervisor Gloria Molina face off and the GOP tries a new strategy in California.

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton examines Dan Schnur's nonpartisan pitch for secretary of state. "This looks like the most intriguing race on the ballot, one that could start a trend of nonpartisans running for statewide office. Conceivably even winning," Skelton writes.

KPCC looks at how much money the candidates for sheriff have raised. "The big question: how much money will it take to run a competitive campaign? With no incumbent in the race, estimates range from a few hundred thousand dollars to one million dollars," according to the station.

The Daily News questions whether the 2013 manhunt for Christopher Dorner was blown out of proportion. "I think Chief (Charlie) Beck blew it way out of proportion. As soon as he called it an act of domestic terrorism, everyone believed him. He is the chief of police after all," according to one terrorism expert.

The Central Basin Municipal Water District is drowning in legal fees, reports KPCC. As much as 13 percent of the district's budget is going to legal help alone.

CBS 2 asks members of the Los Angeles City Council why taxpayers are footing the bill for politicians' new luxury vehicles.

The Sacramento Bee's Dan Walters says, via video, less water means more water politics.



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