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Maven's Morning Coffee: state lawmakers run for the LA City Council, a power grab at the Metro Board, traffic lights sync up

Supervisor Mike Antonovich chairs the Metro Board and he wants to kick off a Glendale councilman who voted the a different way on a sales tax extension.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich chairs the Metro Board and he wants to kick off a Glendale councilman who voted the a different way on a sales tax extension.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, school board member Tamar Galatzan interviews mayoral candidates, Councilman Richard Alarcon wishes D.A. Jackie Lacey good luck on most of her cases (presumably not his own), and Councilman Bill Rosendahl campaigns against a plan to move a runway at LAX.

In last night's mayoral debate, Councilman Eric Garcetti attacked Controller Wendy Greuel for inflating the results of her audits, reports KPCC. "It rests on an accounting maneuver and unrealistic projections," he said. The controller stands by the assertion that she found $160 million in waste.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor. "The candidate with the most potential to rise to the occasion and lead Los Angeles out of its current malaise and into a more sustainable and confident future is Eric Garcetti," according to the newspaper.

Streetsblog LA is releasing video interviews this week with the leading mayoral candidates. First up is Emanuel Pleitez.

Two well-known state lawmakers are running for Los Angeles City Council seats in the San Fernando Valley -- Bob Blumenfield and Felipe Fuentes. "It can discourage younger and more grass-roots candidates from entering a race ... But it also brings a level of governing sophistication not normally seen at the municipal level," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at Supervisor Mike Antonovich's power play to get Glendale Councilman Ara Najarian off the Metro Board. " Najarian believes Antonovich is angry over Najarian's support for a half-cent sales tax for transportation; the supervisor already removed Najarian from the Metrolink board," according to the paper.

Los Angeles Magazine does a Q&A with Dennis Zine, a candidate for city controller.

Every traffic signal in the city of Los Angeles has now been synchronized, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says in a new YouTube video.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the completion of the city's traffic signal synchronization program at 9 a.m. Broadway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.


9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

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

1 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1010

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350


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