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Maven's Morning Coffee: donations to mayoral candidates, Gov. Brown releases his budget, Sheila Kuehl announces plans for office

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Today is Friday, Jan. 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


KPCC and NBC 4 track donations to mayoral candidates from sources within the entertainment industry. Of the $1 million that's been given, Eric Garcetti has received about half. "Entertainment companies have varied interests in Los Angeles. CBS, for example, owns a billboard company that has to abide by city regulations. NBC Universal has vast real estate holdings in Universal City. Disney owns El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, and parks its cruise ships at the Port of Los Angeles," according to the piece.

A group called STOP CCFO is working to change a proposed ordinance on community care facilities, according to the Daily News. "If this goes ahead as it is written, it will take us back to 1955 when redlining was the rule," according to the director of the Inner City Law Center.

Which Way, LA? looks at Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.

The latest fundraising figures for Los Angeles' municipal election are out and Eric Garcetti is leading among mayoral candidates with $3.6 million. Wendy Greuel reported $3.4 million to the Ethics Commission. With matching funds, each will pass the $4 million mark. Jan Perry has $1.4 million; Kevin James has $316,000; and Emanuel Pleitez has $212,000. 

Longtime state politician Sheila Kuehl announced plans to run for the L.A. County Board of Supervisors' Third District, according to KPCC. "It’s really the only place I can imagine using all the things that I learned in the Legislature in 14 years," she tells the station.

Kevin James filed a complaint with the City Attorney's Office, accusing Wendy Greuel of campaigning on city time, reports KPCC. The controller has called the allegations "silly."

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will live on KABC 790 AM’s "Geraldo" between 8:40 a.m. and 8:50 .m.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on skateboarding on city streets

9 a.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Recommendation to spend $4 million on plants for Owens Lake Dust Mitigation Program

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

  • Request for report on Aviation Center at Van Nuys Airport
  • Ordinance related to fence height in East Hollywood


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