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Maven's Morning Coffee: Plans to rehab LA River, supervisorial candidates debate, a look at the Republicans running for governor

Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce today the Los Angeles River is receiving $1 billion to rehab 11 miles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce today the Los Angeles River is receiving $1 billion to rehab 11 miles.
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Today is Thursday, May 29, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The Army Corps of Engineers will recommend a $1 billion proposal to revitalize 11 miles along the Los Angeles River, thus giving Mayor Eric Garcetti one of his first major political wins, reports the Los Angeles Times. Rehabbing the river from downtown to Elysian Park is seen as the first step toward rehabilitating the entire 51-mile stretch of the river.

The LA Weekly looks at the Republican candidates running for governor: Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly. "The campaign reflects the debate that is playing out in Republican primaries across the country. Should voters go with the establishment choice in hopes of attracting women and minorities back to the party? Or should they embrace the fervor of the activist base," per the Weekly.

KPCC examines the more diverse parts of the 33rd Congressional District, where candidates are raising lots of money and tapping into their celebrity networks to replace Rep. Henry Waxman.

Supervisorial candidates running for the Third District focused on their experiences, rather than issues, in their final debate last night. "Bobby Shriver, Sheila Kuehl and John Duran – all Democrats – argued their resume makes them best qualified to sit on the five-member board during a debate," according to KPCC, which noted the candidates agreed on affordable housing, helping homeless veterans and reaching out to former jail inmates.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian will host a donation drive to benefit the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission on the South Lawn of City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tweet of the Day goes to KPCC's Frank Stoltze.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce federal funding for the Los Angeles River at noon at Marsh Street Nature Park.

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