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Maven's Morning Coffee: questions for the mayoral candidates, county assessor makes bail, Congress prepares for 2014 election

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Today is Monday, March 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, consultant John Shallman congratulates his clients on their success, two Assemblymen easily advance to the Los Angeles City Council, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa takes a few victory laps.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton says he wants to hear from Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti on gangs, the Port of Los Angeles and political independence. "These two candidates have shown a penchant for caution, for soft responses to hard questions. One result is a disillusioned and disengaged electorate, where most voters ignore the campaign and special interests thus have outsized influence," Newton writes.

The Daily News looks at the double-edged sword that is union support in the mayor's race. "While (unions) are one of the most powerful and well-funded forces in city politics, their support can also create a backlash from voters concerned about the city's fiscal health," according to the newspaper.

L.A. County Assessor John Noguez made bail, according to the Los Angeles Times, thanks to a wealthy donor. "Since his arrest, Noguez has struggled to raise money for his $1.16 million bail.  A key hurdle has been proving that whatever money he uses for his defense is not derived from the alleged criminal enterprise," reports The Times.

California's Congressional delegation is already preparing for the 2014 midterm elections, reports KPCC.

Eric Garcetti will be endorsed by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 300 this afternoon.


None. The Los Angeles City Council is on recess.


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