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Maven's Morning Coffee: city attorney's fight for neighborhood councils, pension reform becomes issue in mayor's race, a look at Villaraigosa's legacy on the environment

In a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich suggests that the city cannot ask neighborhood councils to pay for their own elections.
In a letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich suggests that the city cannot ask neighborhood councils to pay for their own elections. Sharon McNary/KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Monday, March 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is fighting a plan that would require neighborhood councils to pay for their own elections, according to the Daily News. In a letter to the mayor, Trutanich wrote, "I know that you are aware of the line of legal authority that concludes that constitutionally-required activities of government cannot be defunded as to materially impair...their duties."

Wendy Greuel says labor was treated unfairly during last year's pension vote at City Hall, reports the Daily News. Her opponent, Eric Garcetti, vote for the new pension tier, which is expected to save the city $4 billion over 30 years.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton likens AEG's Tim Leiweke to a ward boss. "Leiweke got his projects done by making sure that Los Angeles' many interests all got something out of them," he writes.

KPCC looks at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy on environmental issues.

Former mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor, reports KPCC.

Pressers

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian will join mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti at 10:15 a.m. at campaign headquarters in the San Fernando Valley.

Meetings

1:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX, board room

  • Contract for Tom Bradley International Terminal and Terminal 4 connector

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

  • CAO report on eliminating the deficit

6 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Hearing on the 2013-14 budget

Announcements

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