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Maven's Morning Coffee: President Obama to LA, jail plan for LA County, tourism spending up from 2012

President Obama will be back in Los Angeles Wednesday evening for an event at USC and a Democratic fundraiser.
President Obama will be back in Los Angeles Wednesday evening for an event at USC and a Democratic fundraiser.
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Today is Tuesday, May 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


President Obama will be in town Wednesday evening for the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary dinner and a Democratic fundraiser, reports LAObserved.

Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on Face the Nation Sunday to talk about Clippers' owner Donald Sterling.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, parking ticket woes, a new leader for the teachers' union and meatless Mondays for Rep. Tony Cardenas.

The Los Angeles Times profiles West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, a candidate for the Board of Supervisors. "Well-spoken and thoughtful, Duran, a lifelong Democrat, is positioning himself as the most fiscally conservative and business-friendly choice of the major candidates," per the Times.

Over in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman, former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel released a TV spot and musician Alanis Morissette recorded a theme song for Marianne Williamson, per KPCC.

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will consider a $2 billion proposal today to replace Men's Central Jail, which houses about 5,000 inmates, reports KPCC. If it were ultimately approved, the jail plan would be one of the most expensive capital projects ever undertaken by Los Angeles County.

Tourists spent more than $18 billion in Los Angeles in 2013, according to a report from the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, reports the Daily News. "It is one of the sectors that offers the local economy tremendous potential," says the chief economist at the Kyser Center for Economic Research in Los Angeles.



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