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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa supports sales tax increase, an endorsement for Ron Galperin, and the latest on the mayor's race

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce his support of Measure A at a morning news conference.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce his support of Measure A at a morning news conference.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 11 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel's proposal to hire 2,000 more police officers and 1,000 more firefighters and paramedics by 2020 is drawing ridicule, according to the Los Angeles Times. "It's not doable. It's not real. It's an arithmetic problem, to quote Bill Clinton, and the arithmetic does not add up," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who has not endorsed in the mayor's race.

The Daily News looks at the mayoral campaign of a long shot -- Emanuel Pleitez. "It was a very difficult time to try to run without any endorsements, without any institutional support and all of the political folks saying you don't have a shot," he says of the work to reach the city's matching funds threshold.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Ron Galperin for city controller. "Galperin's training and experience make him the candidate more likely to turn his recommendations into real improvements in city government," according to the newspaper.

Reps. Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard pen a Los Angeles Times op-ed on children whose parents are deported. "When a child enters the foster-care system, detained parents often have little input into plans for their children's care, since the hearings and proceedings that determine those arrangements tend to take place far from the detention centers where immigrants are held," they write.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayor seeks help with the city budget, the future of an LAX runway remains in limbo, and a councilman wants to file an action against Standard and Poor's.

There is a $1 million reward out for information on the whereabouts of Christopher Jordan Dorner. KPCC has the latest.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join council President Herb Wesson, Councilman Paul Koretz, fire Chief Brian Cummings and police Chief Charlie Beck at 9 a.m. to endorse Measure A, a half-cent sales tax increase.

LAUSD school board member Nury Martinez will announce the identity of a donor who gave $1 million to the Aviation Center at Van Nuys Airport at 9 a.m.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

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


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