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Today is Monday, May 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A candidate running for district attorney gave conflicting testimony at two employee relations hearings in 2009 and 2010, and blamed her mistakes on low blood sugar, according to the Los Angeles Times. Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey had testified that current D.A. Steve Cooley was anti-union.
The chief of staff to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar, Ana Cubas, has filed papers to run for the council's Ninth District, reports the Los Angeles Times. That seat is currently held by Councilwoman Jan Perry.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, former state attorney general John Van de Kamp joins Mayer Brown and there's hope that the top-two voting system could produce more moderate Republicans.
The Downtown News has a quiz on the candidates running to Los Angeles' next mayor.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Los Angeles Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference at the California Endowment at 9:30 a.m. He will then attend the launch of LADOT Downtown ExpressPark at 10:30 a.m.
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Consideration of the mayor's proposed budget for 2012-13
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