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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA city elections in the homestretch, Laura Chick questions timing of municipal races, LAPD talks about Christopher Dorner

It's almost Election Day, which means more negative mailers, newspaper endorsements, and lots of media attention.
It's almost Election Day, which means more negative mailers, newspaper endorsements, and lots of media attention.
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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 Wednesday, Feb. 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


LAPD Capt. Phil Tingirides talked to reporters about what it was like to be under police protection during Christopher Dorner's rampage. "Phil and (his wife) Emada tried to be strong in front of their kids, so they went into the garage to cry. They were determined not to be prisoners in their home, and they started to prepare for this to last months, a year, two years," reports the Daily News.

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, former Controller Laura Chick questions why Los Angeles municipal elections are held on off years. "It's no wonder that only a small fraction of registered voters will cast ballots this March. They're suffering from election fatigue," she writes.

A Daily News editorial urges voters to reject Measure A, a half-cent sales tax increase. "Proposition A would be a permanent mistake for which L.A. residents and visitors would pay the price," according to the newspaper.

Jan Perry's campaign is sending out mailers attacking Wendy Greuel in the hopes she can draw away conservative voters, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, reports the Los Angeles Times.

KPCC takes a look at the race for the L.A. City Council's First District: Gil Cedillo vs. Jose Gardea. "One is a detail-oriented city staffer who knows the district from 12 years of hands-on contact, the other a longtime Sacramento lawmaker who promises to wield his political know-how to get things done," according to the station. The Los Angeles Times endorsed Gardea for the seat.

Streetsblog LA continues its mayoral series on transportation with Kevin James.


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

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee with the Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling, City Hall, room 1010


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