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Maven's Morning Coffee: consultants recap election, Democratic Party endorses for LA City Council, jury still out in Bell case

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Today is Wednesday , March 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The political consultants for the mayoral candidates gathered at Loyola Marymount University last night to debrief the March 5 primary. What advice would Harvey Englander have given Jan Perry?  "Run for city controller," LAObserved reports.

The L.A. County Democratic Party declined to endorse in the mayor's race, according to KPCC. "Our members were genuinely split between the two candidates. It’s a race where you have two very strong Democrats running against each other," said chairman Eric Bauman. Other endorsements went to Gil Cedillo in CD 1, state Sen. Curren Price in CD9 and John Choi in CD13.

A proposed parcel fee to clean up stormwater pollution was sent back to the drawing board by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, reports the Los Angeles Times. The fee would have raised about $290 million a year to deal with water quality issues.

The jury in the Bell corruption case has been deliberating for 2 1/2 weeks, and that could be a bad sign for prosecutors, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Based on their questions and testimony read backs, the jury appears to be debating the legality of (officials') paychecks. At one point, the jury asked for a copy of the state Constitution as well as clarifications of California law on compensation for elected officials," reports The Times.

The Daily News looks at international flights coming into LAX and how those patterns may change in the next decade.


The Los Angeles City Council is on recess.


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