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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's financial problems, LA Times endorses Mike Feuer, reforms in the Sheriff's Department

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If Measure A fails at the ballot box, Los Angeles may be forced to make drastic cuts, including layoffs in LAPD, according to a new budget report.

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 Friday, Feb. 8 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Failure to pass a half-cent sales tax increase could lead to layoffs in the LAPD, according to a budget report released Thursday. "While we are starting to see the 'light of the end of the tunnel,' the security provided by this optimistic picture is still very fragile and not an accurate reflection of the structural problems that the city is facing," CAO Miguel Santana wrote in his report. KPCC, Daily News

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Mike Feuer for city attorney. "Some races pit candidates of comparable merits in competition and force voters to make tough choices. This is not one of them. Feuer is by far the strongest and most worthy candidate for city attorney," according to The Times.

The Jewish Journal looks at mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti. "To be an effective mayor you have to be able to cross borders every single day. Demographic, income, geographic, ethnic boundaries and feel comfortable and fluent everywhere," Garcetti says.

Which Way, LA? looks at reforms in the Sheriff's Department. Meanwhile, a Daily News editorial asks Long Beach police Chief Jim McDonnell to run for sheriff. "The Sheriff's Department could use a shake-up, and a competitive race that forces the four-term incumbent to defend his job from a credible threat could be just what the department needs," according to the newspaper.

Former mayoral candidate Austin Beutner moderated a debate with the five leading candidates for mayor. Northridge-Chatsworth Patch has the video.

Meetings 

8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on seizing vehicles used for prostitution

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

  • Celebration of African-American Heritage Month

Announcements

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