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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race gets nasty, Eric Garcetti's high school friends help him out, city attorney talks about Skid Row

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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 Thursday, Feb. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Controller Wendy Greuel is hitting back at opponents Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti for pointing out that her figure of $160 million in identified waste is inflated, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The mailer was significant because it signaled Greuel's approach to taking down her rivals, revealing a crucial part of her campaign strategy to independent committees that are spending more than $1 million for advertising on her behalf," according to the newspaper.

Wendy Greuel says she now supports the Hollywood Community Plan, after criticizing rival Eric Garcetti for bringing skyscrapers and traffic to Hollywood, reports the Daily News.

The Los Cerritos Community News says Wendy Greuel's office is stalling on a public records act request for emails between the controller and IBEW's Brian d'Arcy, reports KPCC. When the newspaper previously reported on Greuel's political work on city time, the campaign responded by releasing the arrest record of the reporter who wrote the story.

Neon Tommy takes a look at how the Harvard-Westlake alumni network is helping out Eric Garcetti's mayoral campaign. About a dozen alumni have donated $100,000 to the campaign.

Los Angeles Magazine does a Q&A with City Attorney Carmen Trutanich. Among the most inspiring parts of his job? "The people on Skid Row are probably the most vulnerable people in our society here in L.A., and being able to provide an increase in quality of life down there puts a smile on my face. It’s a big incentive for me," he tells the magazine.

The Los Angeles Times endorses Mike Bonin in the CD 11 race for L.A. City Council.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the route of April's CicLAvia at 9 a.m. on the First Street Steps of City Hall.

Meetings

None

Announcements

The Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils will host a forum with the candidates for mayor and city controller on Saturday at LA Valley College. Dan Schnur of the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC will moderate. Registration is at 9 a.m.

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