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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown's budget plan, Eric Garcetti's thoughts on the Clippers, where is the leadership on homelessness?

Gov. Jerry Brown testified before the Assembly Budget Committee Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown testified before the Assembly Budget Committee Monday.

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Today is Tuesday, April 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown testified before the Assembly Budget Committee about how the state can pay down debt and save money, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Under Brown's proposal, spikes in revenue from capital gains taxes would be placed in a reserve fund or used to pay debts and other long-term costs, such as public pensions," according to the Times.

Mayor Eric Garcetti says Clippers owner Donald Sterling should be banned from the remaining playoff games now that audio tapes of him making racist comments have leaked, reports KPCC. "I believe the Clippers players shouldn’t have to worry about anything else than knowing that the city is behind them," the mayor said.

The Los Angeles Register talks to L.A. City Councilwoman Nury Martinez about the lack of women in elected office and her "Ready for Women" initiative. "It’s usually a man who has either been groomed to run or has been anointed as a candidate. We need to be just as aggressive," Martinez says.

A Downtown News editorial calls on the city and county's leadership to address the worsening homeless situation in downtown. "There is a clear leadership void when it comes to addressing homelessness, with precious little proactive work on the matter from the people with the most power to direct funding and spark change," according to the editorial.


Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will hold a news conference on the Clippers at 11:45 a.m.

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