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Maven's Morning Coffee: religion in mayor's race, public transit to airports, a billboard for the city attorney

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.

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Wendy Greuel talked to the Jewish Journal about her thoughts on converting to Judaism.

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

Headlines

Writer Bill Boyarsky writes in the Jewish Journal about Wendy Greuel's relationship with Judaism. Her husband is Jewish, as is their son. "“It certainly is a part of my perspective of something I would like to do," she says on the issue of conversion.

KPCC previews a meeting on the Metro light rail line that could connect the Crenshaw area with LAX. "The planned Crenshaw light rail line would connect Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo with the newly built Expo Line and the region’s busiest airport," per the station.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl wants Metrolink to connect with LA/Ontario Airport, according to KNX 1070.

Councilwoman Jan Perry wrote an op-ed for the Huffington Post that criticizes the city's decision to ticket drivers at broken parking meters. "It is unfair and impractical to force drivers to look for a new parking spot just because a meter is inoperable. The policy, as it stands now, inconveniences drivers who are often pressed for time and are making a good effort to park in safe and legal places," she writes.

Former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton will serve as a consultant to police in Oakland, reports the Daily News. "Oakland is reeling from a 23 percent jump in violent crime last year as the city's police force shrank to just 613 officers -- the lowest staffing level in more than a decade. The city's 131 homicides last year were the most since 2006," according to the newspaper.

A mysterious billboard supporting City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has appeared near an L.A. freeway, reports the Los Angeles Times. It is unclear who exactly purchased the billboard space. "I think it's great if we have people getting out there to help us independently, but I can't comment on [the sign] because I don't know anything about it," a campaign consultant told the newspaper.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Recommendation to approve a restaurant distribution warehouse
  • Recommendation to demolish the Fairfax Theater

Announcements

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