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Maven's Morning Coffee: a fix for broken parking meters, a Cudahy official gets sentenced, Wendy Greuel's campaign does a "tightrope act"

A state Assemblyman wants to prevent Los Angeles from ticketing drivers who leave their vehicles at broken parking meters.
A state Assemblyman wants to prevent Los Angeles from ticketing drivers who leave their vehicles at broken parking meters.
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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, Jan. 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


California icon Huell Howser died Monday. LAObserved, KPCC

A state Assemblyman has introduced a bill that would prevent the city of Los Angeles from ticketing drivers who park at broken parking meters, reports City News Service. "People should not have to pay for the government's mistakes or inefficiencies, especially when the people already paid to install and maintain the meters in the first place," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto.

Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg endorsed Mike Feuer for Los Angeles city attorney. Four years ago, he co-chaired the transition team of newly elected City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The former city manager of Cudahy was sentenced to five years probation for taking a $17,000 bribe, according to the Associated Press. Angel  Perales was also ordered to complete 1,500 hours of community service.

A Daily News editorial questions Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's commitment to finishing out his term with a focus on L.A. "If the mayor is sprinting to the finish ... he is taking his usual circuitous route."

The Los Angeles Times profiles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, noting that in order to win she must appeal to groups with differing priorities. "It's a tightrope act," says Steven P. Erie, a political science professor at UC San Diego.

Los Angeles Magazine does a Q&A with mayoral candidate Kevin James.

The California chapter of the National Organization for Women endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor of Los Angeles, per a release.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at a ceremony for the Broad Museum at 10 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., he will speak at the second installment of the LA Fund’s Arts Matter program at City Hall.


9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

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

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350


NBC4, UCLA and the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy & Jobs will host a mayoral debate on Jan. 28 at UCLA's Royce Hall. A limited number of tickets are available here.

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