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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP rate increases, pension rollback at City Hall, Rick Caruso keeps media guessing

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Will Rick Caruso run for mayor? He is keeping folks guessing by leaking details on possible media buys for November.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

LA Weekly reports billionaire developer Rick Caruso is checking out what it will cost to run mayoral ads on television starting in November. Ron Kaye LA and LAObserved also seem to have the same source, reporting that Caruso is willing to spend $15 million to $20 million on a campaign, and therefore can't help out fellow billionaire Eli Broad with a fundraising campaign for a pension ballot measure.

Electricity rates at the Department of Water and Power will increase, thanks to a preliminary vote of the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. The increase is expected to bring in $321 million by June of 2014.

A new pension tier for future civilian employees was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, according to KPCC. The Coalition of L.A. City Unions says it may sue and file a complaint with the Employee Relations Board if the same plan is ultimately approved by a second vote in 30 days.

While in New York this week, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dined, danced, and caught up with actor Wilmer Valderrama, according to the New York Post.

Which Way, L.A.? questions whether Angelenos are ready for Carmageddon II.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will encourage Latinos to register to vote at 9:30 a.m. on the First Street Steps of City Hall. At 11 a.m, he will announce the winners of the 2012 Latino Heritage Month Youth Poster Contest at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Meetings

The Los Angeles City Council is on recess for Yom Kippur.

Announcements

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