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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP in the Owens Valley, Villaraigosa with LA Magazine, the numbers on pension reform

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The Los Angeles Times looks at the Department of Water and Power's long dispute with the Owens Valley.

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Today is Monday, Nov. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, fallout from the Howard Berman-Brad Sherman race and questions over Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's lame duck status.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the Department of Water and Power's long dispute with the Owens Valley. "As (DWP General Manager Ron) Nichols puts it, eliminating dust in the Owens Valley is 'an absolute physical impossibility' and certainly not the job of a single water agency. He argues for a compromise that controls excessive dust but also limits the DWP's open-ended responsibility."

LAObserved caught up with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at the LA Magazine breakfast. The mayor told the crowd, "When I got invited by Los Angeles magazine, I joked, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I was on the cover of Los Angeles magazine once that said, FAILURE all across. And then I had a little General Petraeus moment, and I had another article!"

Former Mayor Richard Riordan's proposed pension reform was put together without an actuarial study that would determine the costs of the new system, reports the Daily News. The city administrative officer said his office will put together a study if the reform package qualifies for the May 2013 ballot.

Speaking of the former mayor, Richard Riordan was hospitalized last week with chest pains, reports the LA Weekly. ""I came out perfectly. They figure it was indigestion," he told the paper.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington, D.C. for the day.


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

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