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In interviews with labor, mayoral candidates are being asked whether they would keep City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. Only one said yes.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Labor wants to know if mayoral candidates would keep the city's top budget official if they are elected, reports the Los Angeles Times. Council President Herb Wesson said he would fight any effort by the new mayor to remove Miguel Santana.

The Atlantic does a deep dive on the campaign to support same-sex marriage. The success of Proposition 8 in California also gets a look. "The breakthrough victories for gay marriage in 2012 were narrow and hard-won. They were the result of meticulous work by a disciplined group of operatives who had vowed, after the defeats of 2008 and 2009, to find a way to win at the ballot box," according to the piece.

The Board of Public Works president was offered a plea deal in her drunk driving case that would allow her to avoid jail, according to City News Service. The agreement would require Andrea Alarcon to plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and child endangerment.

A campaign is underway to get Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to resign from Fix the Debt, reports KPCC. So far, the group has gathered 20,000 signatures, all asking Villaraigosa to step down from the committee.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom joined the folks who dislike the University of California's new logo, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Clearly the new logo for the University, even in its limited use, has backfired," he said.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the findings of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Innovation and Industry at The Rubicon Project at 10 a.m. At noon he will attend Mattel’s Winter Wonderland at Figueroa Elementary School. Villaraigosa will speak at the "‘Battle of the Badges"  kick-off event at 3 p.m. at Hotchkin Memorial Training Center.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on work with gang intervention workers
  • Report on classifying gang crimes

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

  • Discussion on avoiding layoffs in FY 2012-13
  • Report on management of the Convention Center

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on turning old parking meters into "homeless donation centers"

2 p.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development Structure

  • Report on creating an Economic Development Department

Announcements

Tweet of the Day crashes the mayor's holiday party.

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