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Maven's Morning Coffee: the legacy of Roger Mahony, a challenger to Sheriff Baca, a sidewalk plan in the San Fernando Valley

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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, Feb. 5 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is voicing ads in California, urging businesses to move to Texas, reports KPCC. California Gov. Jerry Brown dismissed the ads as a "few tricks," telling Capitol Alert, ""Of course they're coming here. So are the British coming here, so are the French, so are the Russians, so are the Chinese. Everybody with half a brain is coming to California. So Texas, come on over!"

Which Way, LA? looks at the legacy of Cardinal Roger Mahony.

Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell is considering a run against Sheriff Lee Baca, reports the Los Angeles Times. The incumbent sheriff is up for reelection in 2014. He will be running for his fifth term of office.

With just weeks until the March 5 primary, Councilman (and candidate for city controller) Dennis Zine says he has a $1 million plan to fix sidewalks in his San Fernando Valley District, reports the Daily News. Two candidates running against Zine, Cary Brazeman and Ron Galperin, criticized the timing of the announcement. "Dennis Zine is spending the taxpayers' money on a patchwork political stunt that has no real plan and no real cost controls," Galperin says.

LAObserved reports that a group called Friends of Pershing Square wants to makeover the downtown park. That includes tearing down the walls, adding walkways and including a cafe or restaurant.

Did Wendy Greuel change her stance on the reconfiguration of a runway at LAX? The LA Weekly reports that after the mayoral candidate said she supported moving the runway, she backed off the remarks and emailed Westchester residents to say, "I have consistently stated that the community's concerns needed to be addressed in any LAX improvement plan."

The Los Angeles Times obtained recordings of Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel's interviews with the Service Employees International Union. "If SEIU weighs in on the contest to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, it could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars and scores of volunteers for a favored candidate," according to The Times.

Los Angeles Magazine explores Kevin James' conservative past on talk radio. "James is running for mayor, not U.S. Senator, and much of the broader conservative agenda he pushed on the radio simply isn’t all that relevant to city hall," according to the piece.

Meetings

9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Report on LAFD priorities

9 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Proposed agreement with the Chinese American Museum
  • Ordinance to establish hours for Gladys Park

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

  • Recommendation to destroy obsolete records

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Report on maternity hotels
  • Report on health centers for LAUSD

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

  • Recommendation to approve ballot measure related to Citizens United court decision
  • Report on increasing voter turnout
  • Report about the establishment of a new Economic Development Department

1:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administration Building, board room

  • Environmental impact report on an airport development  

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Animal Services report on citations

Announcements

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