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Today is Thursday, Feb. 7 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A massive manhunt is underway this morning for former LAPD Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. He allegedly killed an Irvine couple as part of a vendetta against the police department. Early this morning, he is believed to have shot at two LAPD officers on security detail in Corona and then shot and killed an officer in Riverside. A second officer was injured in the Riverside shooting. Police Chief Charlie Beck will provide an update on the situation at a 10 a.m. news conference. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, Daily News, CNN, KNX 1070
Is Assembly Speaker John Perez being considered for labor secretary? Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is wishing his cousin luck if that's the case. "I’ve said to a number of people he would make a great secretary of Labor," he told the Los Angeles Times.
Are the candidates for mayor really against a proposed sales tax increase? Council President Herb Wesson doesn't think so, telling the Daily News, "I believe in their heart of hearts, they're praying it passes. They don't want to be sworn in as the new mayor, raise their hand, and by the time they lower it, they're given a list of $200 million in cuts."
Five of the leading mayoral candidates debated at KPCC Wednesday evening. The focus of much of the questioning -- how much public employees should pay toward their health care and retirement benefits, reports KPCC.
Former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner will moderate a mayoral debate later this morning at Cal State Northridge, reports the Daily Sundial.
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg are asking their entertainment friends to donate $15,000 to a pro-Wendy Greuel PAC, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Does a mailer from Matt Szabo, a former deputy mayor, incorrectly imply that he's supported by Eric Garcetti? Maybe, according to the LA Weekly. "Garcetti's name appears four times on a two-sided mailer. It includes this quote from Szabo: 'As deputy mayor, there was no councilmember I worked closer with than Eric Garcetti.' Szabo also vows to 'continue his progress'."
A former candidate for district attorney is leaving the office, according to the Los Angeles Times. Alan Jackson will go into private practice.
Where to Find the Politicians
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will open two downtown parklets at 9 a.m. At 2:30 p.m., he will join Korean Air and AC Martin Partners to unveil the design of the Wilshire Grand hotel.
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