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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Monday, June 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, there are new poll numbers in the 2013 mayor's race, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich works to reboot his image, and Councilman Richard Alarcon hits the campaign trail.

The Ethics Commission is considering a proposal that would require elected officials to create new social media accounts when they run for office in the city of Los Angeles, reports KPCC.

The Downtown News looks at attorney Kevin James' chances of being the next mayor of Los Angeles. James, a former talk radio host, believes he can make it to the runoff by building a constituency of Republicans, radio listeners, concerned voters and the "pitchfork and torch" crowd.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton sat down with former head of the teachers' union, A.J. Duffy, to talk about public education and Duffy's own career plans. "Duffy makes no apologies for self-promotion and freely acknowledges his restlessness. As he said, 'I want to do something big.'" Newton writes.

Over at the Los Angeles Times, George Skelton weighs the pros and cons of having candidates skip the November runoff if they win more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary. He also considers moving the primary to the fall. "A September primary would shorten the campaign season and expand the politicians' season for governing ... The off-year fundraising ban would do the same," according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the MacArthur Park Apartments grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Review of LAX contract for free WiFi

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to appoint general manager of Department of Fire and Police Pensions


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