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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAX air traffic, Villaraigosa stays in LA, the fight for Valley voters

LAX Thanksgiving

Ben Bergman

A report from L.A. County finds LAX officials have not done enough to disperse air traffic throughout the region, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Monday, Feb. 4 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles World Airports has only made "token efforts" to disperse commercial traffic to other airports, which is required by a 2006 agreement, according to the Los Angeles Times. Also, the Board of Airport Commissioners will vote tomorrow on a recommendation to move the airport's northern runway 260 feet to the north.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he won't leave for Washington, D.C., or any other job, before his term is up on June 30, reports Politico. Villaraigosa's name has come up as a possible replacement for outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

A judge again declined to reduce Assessor John Noguez's bail Friday, according to the Daily News. A preliminary hearing date will be set on Feb. 28.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at why Valley voters matter to mayoral candidates. "The Valley has made some candidates and broken others. At the moment, it seems poised to help (Wendy) Greuel, but there's still more than a month to go," he writes.


2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee Meeting, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on communications with credit rating agencies
  • Proposed General Fund Encumbrance Policy


This week's mayoral debates include:

  • Monday, 7:30 p.m.: Los Feliz Improvement Association forum at the The Autry National Center
  • Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.: Loyola Marymount University
  • Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.: KPCC debate at the Crawford Family Forum
  • Thursday, 9:45 a.m.: LA Biz Fed Debate and CSUN's Valley Performing Arts Center

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