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Maven's Morning Coffee: Fallout from Calderon, investigation in Santa Ana, regulation of e-cigarettes

Writer D.J. Waldie considers the five lessons of the indictment of State Sen. Ron Calderon, pictured here.
Writer D.J. Waldie considers the five lessons of the indictment of State Sen. Ron Calderon, pictured here.
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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 25, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido over a real estate deal, reports the Los Angeles Times. Pulido has not commented on the conflict-of-interest case.

A Los Angeles Times editorial questions why state Senate leaders are calling for the resignation of Sen. Ron Calderon when Sen. Rod Wright, who was convicted of perjury and voter fraud, remains in office. "The bottom line is that Wright was convicted by a jury on eight counts of voter fraud and perjury, meaning he was never in fact eligible to hold the seat he won. Doesn't lying to voters 'strike at the very heart of what it means to be a public official'," per the Times.

Over at KCET, writer D.J. Waldie considers the five lessons of the Calderon indictments. "Realistically, will voters in the southeast county care? So far, they haven't learned that lesson," he writes.'

A Los Angeles City Council committee wants e-cigarettes to be regulated just the same way as tobacco products, reports the Daily News. "This is nothing but an effort to market cigarettes to kids, when they have flavors like cotton candy or chocolate. They are using this as a gateway to tobacco," says Councilman Paul Koretz.

Mayor Eric Garcetti makes an appearance in a Salt Lake City astrology column, per City Weekly.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at the Loyola Marymount University Forecast LA annual conference at noon.

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