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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa considers US Senate, police union gets a PR firm, Long Beach preps for State of the City



Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 12 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the campaign is on to move L.A. elections and Sheriff Jim McDonnell faces a tough challenge.

Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa posted a statement to Facebook that he is strongly considering a run for the U.S. Senate. "Too many Californians are struggling to make ends meet, pay the bills, and send their kids to college. They are looking for progressive leaders in Washington who will fight for them, like Senator (Barbara) Boxer has done for over 20 years," he said in his statement.

The Police Protective League has hired a public relations firm to help in its contract negotiations with City Hall, reports the Los Angeles Times. The firm started its work by polling 1,000 Angelenos. "Union officials said the poll found that people were generally split or undecided on the question of whether LAPD officers should receive pay raises as part of a new contract," per the Times.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will give his first State of the City address on Tuesday. He is expected to focus on economic development and education, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

San Bernardino County's pension costs will increase $35.6 million in the next year, reports the San Bernardino Sun. A low rate of return on investments and longer life expectancies are behind the cost increases.

A former spokeswoman to Mayor Jim Hahn and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel died Saturday. Elizabeth Kaltman was 41. Her most recent position was with Walt Disney Studios, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Press Conferences

Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck will discuss the city's 2014 crime statistics at 9:15 a.m.

Upcoming Votes

Tuesday

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