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Maven's Morning Coffee: Rick Caruso is out, Sherman, Berman tangle at debate, former mayor seeks pension measure

Rick Caruso

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Developer RIck Caruso announced he will not run for mayor in 2013, saying it is not the right time to step away from his company, Caruso Affiliated.

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Today is Friday, Oct. 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Developer Rick Caruso ends the flirtation and declines to run for mayor of Los Angeles. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Rep. Brad Sherman took the November election to a new level when he put his arm around Rep. Howard Berman and challenged him to a fight. Here's the video on YouTube. The Sherman camp disputes what happened. "This is a fiction cooked up by Berman's campaign manager," according to the Sherman campaign. Here's are takes from the Jewish Journal and KPCC.

Former Mayor Richard Riordan is expected to start a signature-gathering campaign today to get a pension measure on the May 2013 ballot, reports the LA Weekly. "In short, it's to stop us from becoming a third-world city," he says.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board endorses Jackie Lacey for district attorney. "Her message is steady and consistent: public safety, fair play, justice" according to the paper.

A one-acre park along the Los Angeles River will be named in honor of L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes, reports KCET. The park is expected to open before the councilman's term is up in June.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilman Jose Huizar will unveil 13 new YouthSource Centers at Para Los Ninos at 9:30 a.m.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Presentation from LAFD on FIRESTAT
  • Report on implementing a false alarm fee

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on LAPD's 2013 schedule of fees


The Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative will host its annual awards ceremony on Sunday at the home of Mary Nichols, head of the California Air Resources Board. Tickets available here.

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