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Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Riordan drops pension plan, Kinde Durkee faces eight years, Wendy Greuel picks up Latino support

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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Former Mayor Richard Riordan dropped his campaign to place a pension reform measure on the May 2013 ballot, reports KPCC. Instead of going to voters, Riordan says he will try to work with union leadership. "I think this has to be worked through the unions, because in L.A. the unions control the city council," he told the station.

Also, Richard Riordan talked about his pension plan over at Which Way, LA? A Los Angeles Times editorial encourages the mayoral candidates to keep talking about retirement costs.

Federal prosecutors want former campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee to spend eight years in prison for stealing millions of dollars from her political clients, reports Capitol Alert. Sentencing will take place tomorrow in Sacramento.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is looking to create a sex trafficking task force, according to the Daily News. The group's mission would be to "develop a plan for preventing foster youth from being turned into prostitutes and for extricating current child sex workers from sex-trafficking rings," reports the newspaper.

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel was endorsed by several Latino politicians, including L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes and Congressman-elect Tony Cardenas, per KPCC.


9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  •  $162.2 million proposal to fund the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center retrofit project

The Los Angeles City Council is on recess this week


Tweet of the Day goes to a legendary broadcaster trying to get a job at a local tourism board.

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