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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown gets high marks, money talks in mayor's race, a look at Villaraigosa's track record on transit

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A new survey finds 51 percent of California's adults approve of Jerry Brown's job as governor.

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

Headlines

Gov. Jerry Brown's approval rating is at an all-time high, according to Capitol Alert. Fifty-one percent of the state's adults approve of his performance as governor.

KPCC looks at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's qualifications to be the U.S. Transportation Secretary. "The mayor spearheaded the campaign for Measure R, even as many politicians predicted it would fail to obtain the necessary two-thirds support of voters to pass." Meanwhile, Politico reports that Sen. Barbara Boxer called up the mayor to ask if he wants the job.

The district attorney in San Bernardino County wants Congress to require immigrants to submit DNA samples that can be cross-referenced with an FBI database, according to the Daily News. "If they want to really be here on some form of work visa, or whatever Congress decides on a path to citizenship, I want to make sure they're law abiding," says D.A. Michael Ramos.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton says money is still a driving force in local races. "Four of the last five Los Angeles mayoral elections have gone to the candidate who spent the most money," he writes.

A proposal to regulate group homes in Los Angeles was sent back to committee Wednesday after community groups and some council members complained that veterans, senior citizens and domestic violence victims could be harmed, reports KPCC. The community care facilities ordinance, backed by Councilman Mitch Englander, will be revisited in 90 days.

Meetings

9:30 a.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administration Building, board room

  • Public hearing on environmental impacts of LAX Master Plan

Noon, Information, Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Closed session discussion on a settlement with AT&T

Announcements

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