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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown runs for reelection, LAFD recruitment process questioned, effort to change Metro board

Gov. Jerry Brown made it official Thursday, filing papers to run for reelection.
Gov. Jerry Brown made it official Thursday, filing papers to run for reelection.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown made it official Thursday and filed papers for reelection. "At this stage of my life, I can say--without any hesitation--that I am prepared and excited to tackle these challenges and the many others that lay before us. In fact, there is nothing I would rather do," he writes over on his campaign website.

According to the Los Angeles Times, one in five LAFD recruits is related to someone in the department. The Mayor's Office says it will investigate the recruitment process. The news comes one day after the Times reported thousands of candidates were disqualified for not turning in paperwork in a 60-second period.

Assemblyman Chris Holden wants to add two more seats to the Metro Board of Directors, reports Streetsblog LA. His bill would allow the speaker of the Assembly and the State Senate Committee on Rules to each appoint one member. Holden says he wants communities outside the city of L.A. to have better representation on the transit board.

Why are so many politicians backing Autumn Burke, the daughter of former Supervisor Yvonne Burke, over water board member Gloria Gray in the Assembly's 62nd District? According to The Wave's Betty Pleasant, "This slap in the people’s face by these seven politicians has so disturbed the community that their constituencies are now calling them 'The Seven Dwarfs'." 


Mayor Eric Garcetti will discuss international trade in advance of his trip to Mexico. Noon at Getty House.

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