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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa backs Partnership, Ontario makes play for airport

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Today is Monday, Aug. 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, former Mayor Richard Riordan pushes pension reform and Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman head to the OK Corral.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hopes the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools lives on after he is out of office, reports the Daily News. However, reps with United Teachers Los Angeles want to see the program end. "We don't see any great rush of teachers to go to these schools. And I am not sure they have realized their goals to the extent it would justify continuing the experiment," according to the head of the union.

The city of Ontario is joining with San Bernardino County to create the Ontario International Airport Authority in the hopes of regaining control of the local airport, reports KPCC. Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Ontario Airport, is opposed to transferring control of the asset.

In a guest blog for the Huffington Post, the chairman of the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs outlines a six-point plan on how government can improve the economy. The proposal includes streamlining the environmental review process, reforming immigration, and improving public education.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Las Vegas for the MAGIC Marketplace conference.


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

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The Stonewall Young Democrats will host the sixth annual Hero Awards on Aug. 25 at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown. Ticket information available here.

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