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Maven's Morning Coffee: city attorney candidates debate, mayoral candidates profiled, Los Angeles Times makes endorsements, NFL looks to Chavez Ravine

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti is profiled by KPCC with the headline, "He's smart enough, but is he tough enough?" Over at the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper runs with, "Does Eric Garcetti keep his word? Accounts vary." "If Garcetti succeeds in his bid to become L.A.'s next mayor, he will face new pressure to take decisive action on hotly contested issues. A number of colleagues and constituents say he has not always been a steadfast ally and decision maker," reports The Times.

Jan Perry doesn't have the same kind of money as Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel but she does have mailers -- a lot of them, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Jan has made this a three-person race," Parke Skelton tells the newspaper, though a recent ABC 7 poll showed Perry running behind Kevin James.

And if Jan Perry doesn't win the mayor's race, she tells KNX 1070 that maybe she'll become a Rabbi. "I'm a spiritual person," she says.

ABC 7 profiles Wendy Greuel and her work as the city controller.

Which Way, LA? hosted a debate with three candidates for city attorney: Mike Feuer, Carmen Trutanich and Greg Smith -- who was endorsed by the Daily News.

The Los Angeles Times editorial board makes a few more endorsements in the Los Angeles City Council races: Felipe Fuentes in CD 7, David Roberts in CD 9, Mitch O'Farrell in CD 13, Joe Buscaino in CD15.

Raphael Sonenshien of the Pat Brown Institute put together a guide to power in L.A. over at Los Angeles Magazine.

Is the NFL headed to Chavez Ravine? Maybe, according to the LA Weekly. "After no teams expressed interest in moving to the nation's second-largest media market despite a recent NFL deadline, the league has decided to 'take a more active role again in getting a team to Los Angeles'," according to the paper.

KPCC looks at the Southern California cities and counties that have banned plastic bags. West Hollywood is the latest to join the ranks of Long Beach and Santa Monica.


9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • An update on biased policing
  • A report on the DNA evidence kit backlog

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

  • Report on project labor agreement for work at LAX
  • Report on a veterans affairs coordinator
  • Update on waste, fraud and abuse reporting
  • Report on incentives for radio and television broadcasts

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on investment activities
  • Report on mileage reimbursement program


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