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Maven's Morning Coffee: Latinas run for LA City Council, public transit ridership goes up, lawsuit filed after Huizar crash

The Daily News looks at Latinas running for the Los Angeles City Council in 2013. Above, Ana Cubas, a candidate for the Ninth District.
The Daily News looks at Latinas running for the Los Angeles City Council in 2013. Above, Ana Cubas, a candidate for the Ninth District.
Ana Cubas Campaign

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 Monday, Dec. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Latinas are running for the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. Gloria Molina was sworn into council 25 years ago -- and she's the last Latina to serve. "It just makes L.A. look bad," said Ana Cubas, who is running for the Ninth District.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Wendy Greuel gets a new hairstyle, UFLAC gets new leadership, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets back to work after two weeks in South America.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the ongoing issue of LAPD overtime. "As of mid-2009, the department's accumulated debt to its officers for unused overtime was about $43 million; after three years, that number now is more than $100 million," Newton writers.

Public transportation use in America is up, reports the Los Angeles Times. In Los Angeles County, ridership is up about 1.7 percent.

The New York Times investigates how governments subsidize major corporations. Here is data on tax breaks in California.

A man whose vehicle was struck by L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar back in October is suing the city for $500,000, according to the Los Angeles Times. David Ceja claims officers on the scene of the accident waited two hours before giving the councilman a blood-alcohol test. Police say Huizar blew a zero on the breathalyzer.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer was released from the hospital Saturday. The candidate for city attorney suffered fractured ribs and a bruised lung last Monday when his Prius was struck by a Chevy Tahoe.

Angelenos are calling 3-1-1 about everything, from graffiti on an abandoned couch to Butterball turkeys abandoned on a front lawn, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at a Crisis Response Team (CRT) graduation in the Tom Bradley Tower of City Hall at 7:30 p.m.


9 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

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


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