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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jan Perry sends conflicting mailers, cost of police overtime hits $85 M, endorsements in LAUSD races

Jan Perry, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles

Jan Perry

Voters in the San Fernando Valley received Jan Perry mailers attacking Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But, Latino voters got ads in support of the mayor. The Perry campaign calls it politics 101.

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Today is Friday, Feb. 15 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

How does Jan Perry feel about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa? Well, the answer will depend on who you are, according to the Los Angeles Times. Conservative voters in the San Fernando Valley received mailers attacking the mayor, while Latino voters got mailers that appear more supportive of Villaraigosa. "This is not rocket science. This is campaign 101," a campaign consultant told The Times.

The city of Los Angeles has an $85 million tab for police overtime and when officers burn off the time, it is the equivalent of having 400 to 700 cops off the street, reports the Daily News. To address the issue, Jan Perry wants to change the structure of officers' schedules, while Eric Garcetti wants to use new revenues to pay for overtime.

In an op-ed for the Daily News, former deputy mayor Austin Beutner urges the mayoral candidates to specify their budgeting priorities. "Los Angeles will only realize its potential if city leaders face up to the challenges and make the right choices," he writes.

The Los Angeles Times makes endorsements in the LAUSD school board races. The newspaper backs Monica Garcia, Kate Anderson and Monica Ratliff.

Magic Johnson recorded a radio ad for Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a candidate for city attorney, reports KPCC.

Meetings

9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on hiring a veterans affairs coordinator

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

  • Presentation to honor D.A. Jackie Lacey
  • Motion to approve office space for neighborhood councils

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