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Maven's Morning Coffee: 2013 mayor's race, Richard Alarcon's Assembly race, Villaraigosa for president?

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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, Oct. 22, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at a 2013 mayor's race that doesn't include Zev Yaroslavsky, Rick Caruso or Austin Beutner. "Had any one of the three departed candidates stuck it out, there would have been a credible candidate with an outside message and the means to bring it to the electorate," Newton writes.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, labor focuses on Prop 32, Councilman Herb Wesson plays mayor, and the city clerk prepares for a special election.

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon may be his own greatest opponent when it comes to the state Assembly race, according to the Daily News. "The case is out there, no question about it. But I try to remind people what I have done for them and what I can do if I go back to Sacramento," Alarcon said, regarding his ongoing legal case of voter fraud and perjury.

Politico asks whether Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will run for president in 2016. Yeah, probably not.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl posts a tribute video to the late Sen. George McGovern.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will accept a donation to the Partnership for LA Schools at Dolores Huerta Elementary at 8:30 a.m. At noon, he will speak at the Community In Schools Job Training and Opportunity Center Grand Opening.


9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to destroy obsolete records
  • Update on the redesign of the city website

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

  • Request for more funds for outside counsel


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