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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sample ballots for LA elections, disclosure of political contributions, Toni Atkins becomes Assembly Speaker

KPCC looks at the cost of printing thousands of sample ballots every election cycle.
KPCC looks at the cost of printing thousands of sample ballots every election cycle.
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Today is Monday, May 12, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Bob Hertzberg gets hacked, L.A. wants the NFL draft, and street signs go up for LAPD officers killed in the line of duty.

KPCC looks at why fewer than one in five candidates appears in the sample ballots. "It costs about $80,000 for countywide candidates, such as for sheriff, to place a statement in the sample ballot, about $8,000 for a congressional district. Double that if the candidate wants the statement in both English and Spanish in the English-version sample ballot," according to the station.

Candidates running in L.A. County appear to agree on one thing -- the county's financial disclosure system is out of date, reports the Los Angeles Times. "What's the whole point of having sunshine laws on campaign (donors), if you can't see them?" said West Hollywood Councilman John Duran, who is running for the Board of Supervisors.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be sworn in this morning as Assembly Speaker, reports Capitol Alert.

The Beverly Hills Hotel hired former special counsel to President Bill Clinton, Mark Fabiani, to help deal with a boycott over the Sultan of Brunei's ownership, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

The president of the Police Commission tried to take a selfie with Rihanna at a Clippers game. The singer dropped the phone and now Steve Soboroff is auctioning off the cracked device for the L.A. Police Foundation, reports Gawker.



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