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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral race roundup, drama on the Metro board, Jerry Brown discusses state's finances

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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 Thursday, Jan. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly questions what the mayoral candidates have done for renters' rights. "(Wendy) Greuel, (Eric) Garcetti and (Jan) Perry have eagerly publicized 'affordable housing' projects they backed, even as many projects fell short of replacing affordable units quietly lost to city-subsidized gentrification and luxury developments they embraced," according to the piece.

A new poll from ABC 7 finds Eric Garcetti leading in the mayor's race. At the same time, one in five voters remain undecided.

Other mayoral news: it was a feisty debate last night in Sherman Oaks. "L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel took the brunt of a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday night from her three top opponents in the campaign to be the next mayor of Los Angeles," according to the Los Angeles Times. Also, the Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed Wendy Greuel, per KPCC.

Will Glendale City Councilman Ara Najarian be reappointed to the Metro Board? LA StreetsBlog looks at the looks at the behind-the-scenes drama. Supervisor Mike Antonovich "a political heavyweight who used his current position as chair of the Metro Board of Directors to replace Najarian with Mark Ridley-Thomas on the Metrolink Board of Directors, is believed to be stung by Najarian’s vote to place Measure J on the fall ballot and incensed over his effective opposition to the I-710 Big Dig project."

Marketplace Morning Report talks to Gov. Jerry Brown about the state's finances. "It’s not about cutting government or cutting banks, it’s about making intelligent decisions about spending money wisely for those things that are important and vital to our common welfare," the governor says.




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