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Maven's Morning Coffee: Janice Hahn vs. Laura Richardson in the South Bay, the cost of layoffs at City Hall, another debate with Sherman, Berman

Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, will face each other in November in the race for Congress' 44th District.
Reps. Laura Richardson, left, and Janice Hahn, right, will face each other in November in the race for Congress' 44th District.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Democrats Janice Hahn and Laura Richardson are fighting it out in Congress' 44th District, a historically African-American seat, reports the Los Angeles Times. Because of redistricting the two incumbents were merged into the same district.

Laying off city attorneys to save the city money could turn out to be a costly move, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says, according to the Daily News. "The layoffs would cascade throughout the department creating a devastating effect on trial preparation and creating havoc," he told the Budget and Finance Committee.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at the city council's billboard motion, which was written by a lobbyist for the billboard industry. "We wish it were less understandable why the City Council would so readily do the companies' bidding, but it's actually quite plain: Council members respond to power and money, and billboard firms and their construction union allies have it. Local residents don't," according to the newspaper.

Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman fight it out on Which Way, L.A.?

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak on tourism at 10 a.m. at the California Science Center. At 1:45 p.m., he will endorse Riverside County Democratic congressional candidate Mark Takano. He will then endorse Riverside County Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Raul Rui at 2:15 p.m.


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

  • Recommendation to increase documentary transfer tax
  • Authorization to issue $1 billion in LAX Revenue Bonds
  • Motion allowing CLA to hire own attorneys

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Re-zoning of parcels within the Elephant Hill area


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