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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates fight over oil, Emanuel Pleitez makes a run for it, a new chapter in the fight over digital billboards

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Today is Friday, March 1, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly doesn't seem too impressed with Wendy Greuel's attack on Eric Garcetti for receiving $1.25 a year from an oil lease with Venoco. "The attack bore the hallmarks of her campaign strategist, John Shallman, who has a track record of attacking opponents by linking them -- however tenuously -- to the oil industry," writes the Weekly.

Emanuel Pleitez is running -- literally -- for mayor, reports KPCC. The candidate plans to run 100 miles in the days leading up to the election.

Clear Channel Outdoor is threatening to sue the city of Los Angeles for $100 million if the company is forced to take down digital billboards, reports the Daily News. Removing the signs would put the city into compliance with a recent court ruling.

A Los Angeles Times editorial says the independent expenditures being spent in the city's election undermine the matching funds program. "The leading candidates for mayor should pledge themselves to a comprehensive review of the city's election laws once this campaign is behind us," according to the piece.

The $4 million in independent expenditures this primary season nearly matches what was spent in the 2005 primary and general elections, according to KPCC.

In a piece for the Daily News, Rep. Janice Hahn writes about the damage that will be done by the sequester. "We have to decide whether we are going to invest in the America we believe can be, or push ourselves into decline," she writes.

The city of Los Angeles is building a small park -- just one-fifth of an acre -- in Harbor-Gateway in an effort to get sex offenders to move out of the area, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The action marks the latest campaign by local governments to drive sex offenders farther into the fringes of society.The state law already bans offenders from living in huge swaths of urban areas, pushing them into industrial districts and remote towns and into neighborhoods like Harbor Gateway that lack schools and parks," according to The Times.


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

  • Motion to continue funding homeless services
  • Ordinance to prevent hotels from profiting from taxi referrals

1:30 p.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Business Tax Reform, City Hall, room 1060

  • Reports on phasing out gross receipts tax


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