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Maven's Morning Coffee: Nominee to state Supreme Court, illegal dumping in LA, running the Hillary Clinton campaign

The Los Angeles Times considers while illegal dumping is such an extensive problem in the city.
The Los Angeles Times considers while illegal dumping is such an extensive problem in the city.
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Today is Monday, Dec. 22 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown's nominee to serve on the state Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed today despite complaints that she lacks judicial experience and has spent most of her legal career outside of California, according to the Fresno Bee. Leondra Kruger, 38, has clerked for a U.S. Supreme Court justice, served as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, and spent time as a law professor.

Will California's own Ace Smith manage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign? Politico reports he might be on the short list.

The Los Angeles Times considers the city's extensive illegal dumping problems. "I can't waste time wondering why they do it. I just got to get it picked up. That's my philosophy," said Councilman Tom LaBonge.

The Riverside City Council's goals for 2015 include economic development, better public transportation, and improved customer service, reports the Press-Enterprise. The strategic plan comes after "a tumultuous year, with the city investigating complaints that forced the council to sit in judgment on two of its members," according to the newspaper.

The assessor of San Bernardino County is retiring, reports theSan Bernardino Sun. Dennis Draeger started with the county back in 1975. Former state Sen. Bob Dutton will take on the role next month.

Tweet of the Day goes to the late Mayor Tom Bradley.

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