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Maven's Morning Coffee: campaigns and social media, Howard Berman's future, the Children's Museum as a money pit?

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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 Tuesday, Dec. 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A Daily News editorial calls the Children's Museum in the San Fernando Valley a money pit now that the L.A. City Council has agreed to put DWP and sanitation funds into the project. "If the City Council truly wants to open the doors to this museum, then it should shift the burden from taxpayers and place it in the hands of a capable outsider -- preferably a group with fundraising experience and money management skills," according to the newspaper.

Political campaigns are using social media to gather personal information about potential voters, reports KPCC. "It's not about having a separate online strategy and offline strategy, its about having a single, integrated communication strategy," according to the co-founder of NationBuilder.

Los Angeles Magazine urges the top mayoral candidates, Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Jan Perry and Kevin James, to think big thoughts and leave a mark on the city. "Those who want the seat have got just two more months to knock us out. We’re all ears," per the magazine.

KPCC breaks down the environmental policies discussed by mayoral candidates at the weekend debate.

Fox & Hounds ponders whether Howard Berman could become the speaker of the California Assembly. "Don’t hold your breath waiting for Howard Berman to ride in on a white horse and save the day, but with all of California’s problems and challenges, some more adult supervisions would certainly be welcome," reports the website.

Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii died Monday at the age of 88. Here is a 2010 Washington Post profile on the longtime politician (elected to the U.S. Senate in 1963) and war hero. The Wall Street Journal has the full statement from his office.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will hold a news conference to mark the end of coin-operated parking meters in Los Angeles at 10 a.m. At 4:45 p.m., he will join singer Ne-Yo to hand out toys at the Challengers Boys & Girls Club.

Controller Wendy Greuel will release an audit on mileage reimbursements at 9:30 a.m. in City Hall East.

L.A. City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti will address the Encino Chamber of Commerce at 11:45 a.m.

Meetings

9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Report on LAFD matters referred to city council

Announcements

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