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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayoral election in Long Beach, why South LA isn't in a Promise Zone, the race to replace Gloria Molina

The race is on to be mayor of Long Beach. A June runoff is expected.
The race is on to be mayor of Long Beach. A June runoff is expected.

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Today is Monday, April 7, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, a review of donation limits, Mayor Eric Garcetti's State of the City address, and Councilman Bernard Parks' fight with a colleague.

KPCC and the Los Angeles Times look at tomorrow's election for mayor of Long Beach. "While Los Angeles County's second-largest city is confronting rising pension costs and a listless economy, the front-runners have focused largely on the bread-and-butter issues of jobs, restoring city services and attracting business," according to the Times. A June runoff is expected.

Why was South Los Angeles left out of the White House's Promise Zone program, which is intended to help the nation's poorest areas? The Los Angeles Times looks at how political connections may have been a factor.

A Los Angeles Times editorial considers why there is virtually no contest to replace outgoing Supervisor Gloria Molina and urges candidate Hilda Solis to speak up on the district's issues. "As of this writing, however, four short weeks before early voting begins, the only thing Solis has on her website under the word 'Issues' is the promise, 'Coming soon!'" per the newspaper.

Attorney General Kamala Harris is engaged to a Los Angeles-based attorney, according to LAObserved.



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