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Maven's Morning Coffee: race is on in CD13, Greuel and Garcetti locked in dead heat, California's Republicans get new chairman

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KPCC looks at the competitive race for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District.

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Today is Monday, March 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayor's race has a tab of $14 million, the campaign is on in the Sixth District, and more staff members depart the Villaraigosa Administration.

The Los Angeles Times' architecture critic looks at what projects the next mayor should take on: LAX, the Los Angeles River and Pershing Square make the list.

With just one day until the primary, the mayoral candidates are attacking each other throughout the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wendy Greuel knocked Eric Garcetti for his connection to an oil lease and Jan Perry for her financial problems back in the 1990s. Perry hit back at Greuel for the attack. A USC Price/ Los Angeles Times poll finds Greuel and Garcetti are in a dead heat.

KPCC looks at the crowded city council race in the Thirteenth District. "Gentrification has brought thousands of young, new residents, and pushed out thousands who couldn’t afford soaring rents. But it remains a tale of two districts ... with wealthy and poor living nearly side-by-side," according to the station.

Los Angeles isn't the only city having an election tomorrow -- 28 cities will hold primaries for mayor and city council, reports KPCC. "Without the war-chests -- or media coverage--big city candidates get, these aspiring public servants are spending the last hours before their elections looking for votes one on one."

Jim Brulte was elected chairman of the state's Republican Party, reports Capitol Alert.

Meetings

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

  • Report on restoring services at the Griffith Observatory
  • Report on sequestration

Announcements

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The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host its annual awards banquet on March 14. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager will be the speaker. Details available here.

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