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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race gets serious, bond for road repairs, endorsements in CD13

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Today is Monday, Jan. 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Councilman Bill Rosendahl donates campaign funds and the mayor's race gets serious.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the county's Department of Children and Family Services and why more children are being removed from their homes. "If we think the child is safe, we leave the child with the biological parents. Sometimes, of course, that's just not possible," said Philip Browning, head of DCFS.

Mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are stepping up their attacks of one another, reports KPCC. In response to the controller's announcement that she subpoenaed the city's cell phone records, the Garcetti camp called Greuel "a press release controller." The Greuel campaign called the attack "baseless."

Meanwhile, fellow mayoral candidate Jan Perry says people should not underestimate her in the race, per the Daily News. "People have always underestimated me. But there is a large percentage of voters who have not decided yet, and there is that opportunity for me," she tells the newspaper.

Members of the Los Angeles City Council want a $3 billion bond measure to repair the city's streets, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tax is backed by Councilmen Mitch Englander and Joe Buscaino and could appear on the May ballot. "The number one complaint we get in our office is the condition of our streets. This would be an opportunity to fix every single failed street citywide," Englander says.

When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves the mayor's office after eight years, he will have to relearn how to drive and find a new place to live, he tells the Daily News.

L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge endorsed candidate Mitch O'Farrell in the race for council District 13, according to the Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch. Former Controller Rick Tuttle endorsed John Choi in that race. Civil rights leader Connie Rice endorsed Matt Szabo.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck will discuss year-end crime statistics for 2012 at 10 a.m. at LAPD Headquarters.


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

  • CAO report on federal spending cuts


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