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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel talks pensions, Villaraigosa's legacy on education, a $35 million claim against city following a shooting death

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Today is Tuesday, March 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayor candidate Wendy Greuel wants to reopen talks with City Hall unions to bargain a new pension tier approved last year by the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. Greuel says she supports the higher retirement age and the elimination of health care benefits for spouses, but believes the city council should have bargained in good faith before approving the changes. The pension proposal would apply to civilian workers hired after July 1.

The mother of a 19-year-old man who was shot and killed in a city park is seeking $35 million from the city of Los Angeles, reports the Los Angeles Times.  Gail Sears' complaint suggests security cameras should have been in place in Harvard Park, a known gang hangout in South Los Angeles.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's ambition to take over the public school system outstripped his performance, according to KPCC.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation has filed a claim against a production company for allegedly filming a pornographic scene without a condom, despite having a county film permit, reports the LA Weekly.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the NFL has a secret, Kevin James has campaign debt, and Tom LaBonge gets ready for this year's political roast.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will kick off City Hall's Passover celebration at noon on the Spring Street Steps of City Hall.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz will endorse mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti at noon at Canter's Deli.


8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Appointment to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority

9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Report on restoring field platoon positions

9 a.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Water agreement with NBC Universal
  • Report on bond assistance program

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on crime in the Hollywood area

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on recreational zones along the LA River
  • Report on outside legal expenses
  • Report on neighborhood council elections

1 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on neighborhood council funding
  • Report on definition of "factual basis stakeholder"

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on Jordan Downs Urban Village plan

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Appointment to the Board of Animal Services


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