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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times, Democrats win a supermajority, mayoral candidates debate finances

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A Los Angeles Times analysis found slower response times to the city's hillside communities.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The hillside communities of Los Angeles often have longer wait times than densely populated areas when they call 911 for a medical emergency, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The findings reinforce the obvious risks of living in L.A.'s scenic and desirable canyon enclaves, where wildfires and mudslides are a perennial concern and narrow and winding roads can slow rescue vehicles," reports The Times.

The Democrats have won a supermajority in the state Assembly, reports The Sacramento Bee. "Democrats also are assured of a supermajority in the Senate, marking the first time since 1883 that the party has wielded such power in the Legislature," according to the newspaper.

Three of Los Angeles' top mayoral candidates oppose former Mayor Richard Riordan's plan to move new employees to a 401 (k) style retirement plan, reports KPCC. "The Riordan initiative is interesting because it puts pressure from the outside in to bring about change," Councilwoman Jan Perry told a crowd in Koreatown.

The father of former Los Angeles City Councilman Michael Woo has died. The Los Angeles Times describes Wilbur K. Woo as an influential leader in the Chinese American community.

Non-mayoral candidate Rick Caruso opened his latest project -- 8500, according to Curbed LA.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will celebrate the ribbon cutting of Lincoln Place Apartments at 10:30 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., he will speak at the Milken Institute’s California Summit.

Meetings

None

Announcements

Members of the Los Angeles City Council and Snoop Dogg welcomed Lakers player Dwight Howard to Los Angeles in this video.

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