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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mervyn Dymally passes away, city attorney's race gets nasty, trees sink at LAPD HQ


Damian Dovarganes

Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally during an appearance at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at the campus in Carson, Calif.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Former Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally has died at the age of 86. He also served in the Legislature and Congress. "Dymally's political longevity and ability to return time and again to public office had him winning elections well into what for many would have been their retirement years," according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, President Barack Obama ties up traffic -- again -- while over at Wikipedia, someone hacked Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's page.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the bitter race for city attorney. "The early edge — despite (Carmen) Trutanich's incumbency and strengths — has to go to (Mike) Feuer, if for no other reason than the loss in the district attorney's race bloodied Trutanich and revealed real weaknesses in his political standing," according to Newton.

The Los Angeles Times looks at (young) Republican political consultant John Thomas, who is steering the campaigns of Alan Jackson for district attorney and Kevin James for mayor. ""I like tough races. I like dealing with underdogs. That's what gets me up in the morning," he tells The Times.

Ground maintenance at LAPD Headquarters has fallen by the wayside as trees sink into the ground and the vegetation dies off, reports the Daily News.

President Barack Obama will dedicate a memorial to Cesar Chavez today in the Central Valley, reports KPCC.

Daily News has a list of closures for Columbus Day.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Keene with President Barack Obama to announce the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez Monument at Nuestra Senora Reina De La Paz.




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