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Maven's Morning Coffee: a city council race in the Valley, no endorsement from SEIU, a look at the city attorney's duties (updated)

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times editorial writer Robert Greene does a deep dive on the candidates running for the Los Angeles City Council's Seventh Third District. The frontrunner? Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield. "He knows who to call. He knows how to get make stuff happen. Is it necessarily the stuff voters want to happen? Well, that's a different question," he writes.

Controller Wendy Greuel released her first TV ad in the mayor's race. In the 30-second spot, the controller says she's identified $160 million in waste, but that's an inflated figure from the $96 million identified by the controller's office, reports KPCC.

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel are still working to get an endorsement from SEIU Local 721, according to KPCC.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez says the city's mayoral candidates lack star quality. "This is one of the world's great cities, but it's also a work in progress, and the next mayor will take on epic challenges. With five weeks to go before the election, I want tougher questions, better answers and more spark," he writes.

Which Way, LA? catches up with former Mayor Jim Hahn. "It's a pretty great thing to be mayor of Los Angeles ... (but) I have to say this is the happiest time of my life," he says. Hahn is now Superior Court judge.

A Los Angeles Times editorial looks at the various duties the city attorney. "It seems worth taking a moment to consider what it is (candidates are)competing for, and how to evaluate success in a position that is as important as it is opaque."


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

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This post has been updated.

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