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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti and LAUSD, the views of Kevin James, and the cost of finding Christopher Dorner

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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 Monday, Feb. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, just 10 percent of absentee voters have sent in their ballots, a CD 13 candidate looks for support outside the district, and California's Republicans prepare to meet in Sacramento.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton questions how Eric Garcetti would approach the public school system as mayor. "It's hard to regard Garcetti's wariness on these subjects (of Monica Garcia and parent trigger) as unrelated to his endorsement by UTLA, which has too often elevated job protection for teachers over the best interests of children," he writes.

The Los Angeles Times looks at how mayoral candidate Kevin James got started in radio and how his political views may have evolved over time. "His positions today on key issues such as the environment, immigration and President Obama are at odds with his statements in the past," according to the newspaper.

The cost of law enforcement's efforts to find Christopher Dorner could reach into the millions, reports the Daily News. The LAPD is looking into whether state and federal grants can help defray some of the costs.

Labor leader Dolores Huerta endorsed CD 13 candidate John Choi, according to the campaign. Another candidate, Jose Sigala, was also endorsed by Huerta.


9:30 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Proposed leases at LAX and Van Nuys Airport
  • Report from Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Airport Security

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

  • A report on investments with firearms manufacturers
  • Report on citywide collections

3 p.m. Ad Hoc River Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Establishment of recreational zones


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