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Maven's Morning Coffee: city attorney candidates debate, Universal Studios expands, Wendy Greuel seeks more public safety

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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 Wednesday, Feb. 6 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

KPCC's AirTalk hosted a debate with three of the candidates for city attorney. "Political observers say (Carmen) Trutanich is vulnerable in this election because of his unexpected defeat last year in the race for L.A. County district attorney," according to the station.

What does Gov. Jerry Brown make of Texas' efforts to lure California businesses to the Lone Star State? "It's not a serious story, guys. It's not a burp. It's barely a fart," per Capitol Alert.

The Los Angeles City Council has signed off on a $1.6 billion plan to expand Universal Studios, reports the Daily News. The project is estimated to create 35,000 construction and production jobs.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez visits Vision to Learn, a group backed by former deputy mayor Austin Beutner. The group distributes prescription glasses to students who can't afford them. "I asked around and said, well, this seems like a problem we can solve, so I went out, bought this vehicle, hired some doctors, put together a team," Beutner says.

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel wants to increase the size of the Los Angeles Police Department to 12,000 officers and hire more firefighters and paramedics -- all without raising taxes, according to KPCC. Greuel wants to set aside 20 percent of new revenue to fund public safety, which is already the largest chunk of the city's budget.

The Sierra Club endorsed Mike Bonin for the Los Angeles City Council's Eleventh District, per the campaign.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will celebrate Digital Learning Day at Ritter Elementary at 9 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., he will host a Google+ Hangout to unveil the city's new website.

Meetings

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

  • Report on divestment from gun companies
  • Recommendation to move funds to pay for sidewalk repairs in CD3

2 p.m. Ad Hoc Business Tax Reform Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on phasing out gross receipts tax

Announcements

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