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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown delivers State of the State, Ridley-Thomas answers questions about his home, LAUSD visits LA City Hall

Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver his annual State of the State address later this morning.
Gov. Jerry Brown will deliver his annual State of the State address later this morning.
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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 22, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


Gov. Jerry Brown will give his State of the State address at 9 a.m. Capitol Alert has a preview of what to expect.

Two candidates for the Board of Supervisors' Third District, Sheila Kuehl and Bobby Shriver, appeared on Which Way, L.A.? to talk about their campaigns. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas also stopped by to talk about the controversy surrounding construction done at his home.

Researchers have provided the city of L.A. with a list of 1,500 concrete buildings that could collapse in an earthquake, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Los Angeles city officials have known about the risk of concrete buildings for decades — ever since several collapsed in the 1971 Sylmar earthquake, killing about 50 people. Despite past attempts to do so, the city has never completed an inventory of the buildings," according to the Times.

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy appeared before a L.A. City Hall committee to discuss how the city can work with the school district, according to the Daily News. "Historically, relations between the city and the district have ranged from friendly to hostile, but that was a relationship driven more by the mayor’s office," per the newspaper. Councilman Bernard Parks coordinated Tuesday’s meeting.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar filed a formal response in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by a former staffer. In it, the councilman denies harassing his former deputy chief of staff but admits to calling her late at night and waiting for her outside her home, reports KPCC. Last year, the councilman told reporters he had had an affair with the staffer.

It looks like Assemblywoman Toni Atkins will be the next speaker of the Assembly, reports the Sacramento Bee. Atkins would be the first openly gay woman to hold the position.

Tweet of the Day goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti.



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