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Maven's Morning Coffee: accusations in mayor's race, endorsements from Democratic Party, Jerry Brown "raring to go"

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel Campaign

The Los Cerritos Community News published several years of Wendy Greuel's public calendar. Rival Kevin James says those documents show she campaigned for mayor on city time. The controller denies any wrongdoing.

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, Jan. 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Did Controller Wendy Greuel inappropriately conduct campaign business on city time? That's the charge from mayoral candidate Kevin James, according to the Los Angeles Times and Daily News. He pointed to her public calendar, which was posted by the Los Cerritos Community News. Greuel denies any wrongdoing.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party declined to endorse in the mayor's race, reports KPCC. The party backed Mike Feuer for city attorney and Ron Galperin for controller.

The Downtown News runs down the 2013 races to watch. They include the elections in the First and Ninth Districts and an effort to increase the city's sales tax.

Gov. Jerry Brown has completed his treatments for prostate cancer. He told reporters at a Tuesday news conference, "I’m ready, I’m raring to go, and don’t expect me to leave too soon," according to KPCC.

David Roberts, a candidate for the L.A. City Council's Ninth District, released his first campaign video.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards at City Hall at 10:30 a.m.


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

  • Consideration of $3 billion bond to repair city streets
  • Report on equine license fee

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on allowing overload movement in the Central Traffic District


Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton will moderate a debate with the candidates for city attorney on Jan. 14 at Temple Israel of Hollywood. RSVP here.

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