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Maven's Morning Coffee: Race on for Senate seat, governor to release budget, complaints over a City Hall study

Sen. Barbara Boxer will not seek reelection in 2016.
Sen. Barbara Boxer will not seek reelection in 2016.
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Today is Friday, Jan. 9 and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:


The race is on to see which politicians will run for the U.S. Senate in 2016 now that Barbara Boxer won't be on the ballot. Frontrunners include Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Kamala Harris. "There is an entire generation who has been waiting for this opportunity," Dan Schnur with USC's Unruh Institute of Politics told KPCC.

Gov. Jerry Brown will release the state budget at 10 a.m. According to the Sacramento Bee, the budget will hold the line on spending within the University of California system. "The budget includes the same, modest annual funding increase – $120 million – that Brown has previously proposed for UC, on the condition that tuition remain flat," according to the paper.

L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell and members of the business community are upset that the firm selected to complete an independent study on the city's minimum wage proposal is the same firm that studied the issue for Mayor Eric Garcetti, reports the Daily News. "It’s going to be difficult for the public to believe that there is integrity in this process," O'Farrell said.

The New Yorker looks at the fortunes of California and Texas and their reliance on real estate and oil, respectively. "These days, though, no one is talking about the lessons California should learn from Texas," according to the piece.

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