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Maven's Morning Coffee: the powers of the LA mayor, neighborhood councils grow up, Carmen Trutanich calls himself independent, gorillas in the CD 11 mist

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Today is Friday, Jan. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


KPCC looks at the powers of the Los Angeles mayor. "The limits on mayoral power are the result of California’s progressive era early in the 20th century.  Those limits mean successful mayors must avoid a top-down leadership style and focus on building relationships," according to the station.

Neighborhood councils are flexing their muscles and coming into their own, according to the Daily News. The latest example came with City Hall's proposed $3 billion road repair bond. Neighborhood councils called for a 60-day delay and were able to create a dialogue around the measure.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich tells the Daily News editorial board he is not an outsider -- but he is an independent. "That's what you want when you have an elected city attorney, someone who's going to stand and be strong and tell their clients what the law is," he says.

Metro renamed three subway stops, reports Curbed LA and two of them are a mouthful: Civic Center/Grand Park/Tom Bradley Station and Wilshire/Western/Alfred Hoyun Song Station.

Gorillas take a position in the Los Angeles City Council's Eleventh District race, per KPCC.

Karl Rove will be the keynote speaker at the California Republican Party convention this spring, according to Capitol Alert.


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

  • Report on curtailing hit and run crashes
  • Motion to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines

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

  • Report on funding Advanced Manufacturing Partnership


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