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Maven's Morning Coffee: Recall in San Fernando, supermajority in Sacramento, pension reform in LA (CORRECTION)

Last week's election saw the recall of three San Fernando city council members.
Last week's election saw the recall of three San Fernando city council members.
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Today is Friday, Nov. 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich recalls the last time Democrats held a supermajority in the state Assembly. "You can’t go up there and just sit there and look out the window. You have to be constructive, attend the committee meetings, offer alternatives," he told the Los Angeles Times. Antonovich was the Assembly Republican whip during the 1977-78 session.

Another fallout of last week's election was the recall of three San Fernando council members who were all accused of scandalous behavior. The final meeting of Brenda Esqueda, Mario F. Hernandez, and Maribel De La Torre will be held on Monday, reports KPCC. Hernandez and De La Torre carried on an affair together, while Esqueda was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a police sergeant.

Which Way, LA? looks at the impact of closing down courthouses.

Labor is kicking off a plan to stop Angelenos from signing former Mayor Richard Riordan's petition to get a pension reform measure on the May 2013 ballot, according to KPCC. The Riordan campaign needs to collect 265,000 signatures by next month to qualify a plan that would move new employees to a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.

The deadline to register to vote in the city of Los Angeles' March primary is Feb. 9, reports the Daily News. New this time around is the fact that the ballot will be produced in three new languages -- Armenian, Hindi and Thai. (Correction: The City Clerk says the deadline to register to vote is Feb. 19. Also, voter outreach material will be available in Armenian, but ballots will not be.)

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at Los Angeles Magazine’s “Made in LA” breakfast at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., he will speak at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Variety Magazine’s Entertainment Industry Conference. The mayor will open two miles of bike lanes along the Los Angeles River at 1 p.m. In the evening, he will be honored at Project Restore’s Los Angeles Heritage Awards Gala.


8:45 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

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


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