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Today is Friday, Jan. 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Times profiles Jan Perry and her "frankness." "I like to cut to the chase in my words and my deeds," she tells the newspaper.
Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti's opponents say they will not sign a pledge to forgo the use of outside funds in the campaign, according to the Daily News. Garcetti says he wants to lessen the influence of SuperPACs and independent expenditures.
Candidates for city attorney debated in Hollywood Thursday, reports KPCC. Incumbent Carmen Trutanich knocked Assemblyman Mike Feuer for his record in Sacramento. "When Mr. Feuer was in Sacramento, his budget solution was to release prisoners to balance the budget, to cut school funding to balance the budget," he told the crowd.
LA StreetsBlog has the city's draft environmental impact report on a bike plan. "The Draft EIR covered 39.5 miles of bicycle lane projects that would require the removal of parking or a mixed use travel lane in areas where the Level of Service was already a C, D or F," according to the blog.
KPCC revisits the city of Bell, just as its former city council members go to trial. "One of the biggest changes has been the awakening of Bell residents to civic life. City council meetings now stretch for hours and draw dozens of residents. They are live-streamed on the Internet, and city employee salaries, contracts and every check written out of the city treasury are available for public scrutiny at council meetings and online," according to the station.
Where to Find the Politicians
L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will be recognized at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Brotherhood Breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Biltmore Hotel.
8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations, Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on alternative voting methods
- Recommendation to take position on a federal assault weapons ban
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Recommendation to confirm new general manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment
- Request for a Day of Prayer and Meditation
Tweet of the Day goes to an LA Weekly writer and mayoral candidate.
The Studio City Neighborhood Council will host a mayoral forum on Jan. 24 at the Hall of Liberty in Forest Lawn.
The Mission Hills Neighborhood Council will host a candidates forum for the L.A. City Council's Seventh District on Feb. 2.
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