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Maven's Morning Coffee: DA declines Andrea Alarcon case, the meaning of Henry's Tacos, and it's the end of the world

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The District Attorney's Office will not prosecute Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works, on child endangerment charges.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times looks at what's made Henry's Tacos a San Fernando Valley landmark, at least for its customers. "Food stands like Henry's Tacos began popping up around Los Angeles in the 1940s and became popular quick-lunch destinations in a city with a mild climate. Many have closed in this era of the drive-through," according to the piece.

The District Attorney's Office says it will not prosecute Andrea Alarcon, president of the Board of Public Works, in a child endangerment case, according to the Daily News. The case was referred to the City Attorney's Office for review.

The LA Weekly has a poll that shows Eric Garcetti beating Wendy Greuel in the 2013 mayor's race, though his lead is within the margin of error.

Is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dating actress Eva Longoria? No, per EXTRA.

Here's a guide for the end of the world, courtesy of KPCC.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will discuss Christmas tree disposal at Fire Station 44 at 10 a.m.




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