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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown's fundraising, impact of social workers' strike, LAUSD considers a special election

Gov. Jerry Brown finished the final week of 2013 by raising more than a million dollars for his reelection campaign.
Gov. Jerry Brown finished the final week of 2013 by raising more than a million dollars for his reelection campaign.
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Today is Monday, Jan. 6, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown raised $1.7 million in the final week of 2013, reports Capitol Alert. The governor has now raised $17 million for his reelection campaign, though he hasn't officially announced his intention to run for another term.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the lingering impact of the social workers' strike last year. "A union spokesman said that although services were affected during the strike, foster children will be safer and their families will receive better service in the long run because of promised smaller caseloads," according to the newspaper.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton reflects on covering Sacramento politics for 40 years. "So some issues never change — taxes, education, water, corruption. Some players also hang around. But much is different about journalism," he writes.

The Los Angeles Unified Board of Education will meet tomorrow to once again debate how to fill a vacancy left by the death of Marguerite LaMotte -- special election or appointment, reports KPCC. "It is the most credible when people the people get to decide. No other area would accept an appointee for their representation," says Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who won his seat in a special election last month.

L.A. County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe have renewed a fight over the county seal, reports the Daily News. The two men want to add back a cross that was removed from the seal almost a decade ago.


Mayor Eric Garcetti will announce 2013 tourism numbers at 9 a.m. at the Science Center.

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