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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral debate, extortion convictions, delay in airport contracts

The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor participate in their first televised debate, aired on NBC LA, on January 28, 2013 at UCLA.
The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor participate in their first televised debate, aired on NBC LA, on January 28, 2013 at UCLA.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A decision on whether to overrule the Board of Airport Commissioners' vote on three public education contracts was delayed by an L.A. City Council committee, according to the Daily News.

Former labor leader Tyrone Freeman was convicted on federal charges of taking money from his union members, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The government's case against Freeman centered on an alleged scheme in which he was accused of boosting his salary by illegally directing Local 6434 money to the affiliated organization he led, California United Homecare Workers," according to The Times.

The former mayor of Cudahy was sentenced to a year in federal prison in a bribery and extortion case, according to KPCC. David Silva pleaded guilty to the charges last summer.

KPCC looks at the important role Jewish voters play in Los Angeles' municipal election. "Although they make up only about 6 percent of Los Angeles’ population, Jews matter in this election because they may cast up to 17 percent of all votes in the mayor’s race – and no single candidate can claim that he or she has locked up that vote," per the station.

SEIU Local 721 will hold a meeting this evening to decide whether to endorse Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel for mayor, reports the Daily News. "SEIU initially declined to endorse in the race after a holding a Town Hall in December. On Monday, Ian Thompson, spokesman for SEIU 721, said the union scheduled the second meeting because it has narrowed the field and found Greuel and Garcetti to be the most viable candidates for mayor," according to the newspaper.

Wendy Greuel is expected to launch her first television commercial today, according to the LA Weekly.

Recaps of last night's mayoral debate at UCLA. KPCC, NBC, Los Angeles Times


8:30 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development Implementation, City Hall, Council Chamber

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

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

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350


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