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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD numbers, profiles on Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel, and a new county tax

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Today is Monday, Jan. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll support his successor, candidates line up for the Board of Supervisors, and there's a fight over broken parking meters.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the numbers of officers in the Los Angeles Police Department, which squeaked by 10,000 thanks to the transfer of 60 General Services officers. "The trouble, of course, is that while moving those officers into the LAPD may make administrative sense, it does not produce one smidgen of improved public safety," Newton writes.

The Los Angeles Times looks at Jan Perry's campaign for mayor. "People focus on money as a measure of status, and if this was a race just about money, then you might as well hold it today and elect the one who has the most money. But I think this is not about that," Perry says.

Meanwhile, the Daily News profiles Wendy Greuel. "I have a unique opportunity to lead this city for the next eight years. I don't want to just be mayor. I want to do the job," she says.

School districts are protesting a Los Angeles County tax to clean up storm runoff, according to KPCC. The tax could be a $14 million hit for county schools.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington, D.C.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Budget reports from LAX and the Port of L.A.
  • Recommendation to keep Phillip Hill as the interim general manager for the Convention Center
  • Report on piracy

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

  • Financial report from LAFD


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