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Maven's Morning Coffee: Ron Calderon takes a leave, LA shoots for the Olympics, Jerry Brown questions legalization of pot

State Sen. Ron Calderon will take a leave of office to focus on his federal corruption trial.
State Sen. Ron Calderon will take a leave of office to focus on his federal corruption trial.
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Today is Monday, March 3, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, former Councilman Dennis Zine sticks with politics, the Los Angeles County Young Democrats make endorsements and the LA Area Chamber of Commerce heads to Washington, D.C. -- without the mayor.

State Sen. Ron Calderon will take a leave of absence to focus on his federal corruption case, reports KPCC. Had he not left on his own terms, his colleagues could have expelled Calderon from the Senate.

Both Eli Broad and Rick Caruso support efforts to increase the minimum wage in the city, according to the Los Angeles Times. The L.A. City Council is considering a proposal to increase hourly wages for hotel workers, but Broad says he wants to see wages improve for all employees. Caruso says he supports wages at $12-$15 an hour, though he would prefer to see the legislation come from the state or federal governments.

The city of Los Angeles is stepping up its campaign to win the 2024 Olympics, reports the Daily News. "Sochi is a lesson on the attractiveness of the Olympic Games. It is a beautiful event and is something every city should want," says Barry Sanders, president of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Game.

Gov. Jerry Brown is concerned that legalizing marijuana could turn Californians into a bunch of potheads. That's what he told "Meet the Press" this weekend. "The world's pretty dangerous, very competitive. I think we need to stay alert, if not 24 hours a day, more than some of the potheads might be able to put together," he said, per the Sacramento Bee.



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