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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa considers a mayoral endorsement, Harbor Commission improves rail project, claim filed in Christopher Dorner case

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Today is Friday, March 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is considering whether to endorse in the mayoral runoff, reports the Daily News. "I think it's important that whatever happens, I have a good relationship with the next mayor. I am going to support whoever wins," he says.

Speaking of the runoff, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel now start from zero in terms of fundraising, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A Daily News editorial looks at the lessons learned from Tuesday's primary: "the public says career politicians are bums but doesn't throw them out."

The Harbor Commission approved plans for a rail yard project in Wilmington, according to KPCC. The Los Angeles City Council will get the final OK.

Undersheriff  Paul Tanaka's retirement is a welcome departure, according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. "While we are glad to see Tanaka go, and take it as the first real signal from (Sheriff Lee) Baca that he's committed to reform, there is much that remains to be done, including fully implementing the 63 recommendations made last year by the jails commission.

A man who was carjacked by Christopher Dorner has filed a claim, saying he is entitled to the entire $1.2 million reward, according to the Daily News.


None. The Los Angeles City Council is on recess.


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