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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa's legacy on public safety, LA to end use of coal, Jose Huizar returns from DC

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Today is Wednesday, March 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


KPCC looks at who should get credit for Los Angeles' drop in crime. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa "embraced (former Chief Bill) Bratton, who receives a lot of credit for turning the LAPD around and delivering the dramatic drops in crime by introducing new technology and cooperating more with federal agencies," according to the station.

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel tells the Los Angeles Times that in fact she doesn't want to reopen negotiations on a pension plan approved last year -- she just wants to talk to union leaders. An earlier remark from Greuel that she wanted to begin new labor talks drew concern from one of her backers -- the LA Area Chamber of Commerce. "We want to make sure we are not on opposite sides of this discussion," said the Chamber's Gary Toebben.

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners approved a plan to end the city's use of coal by 2025, reports KPCC.

Councilman Jose Huizar is back from a trip to Washington, D.C. where he was trying to build support for the downtown streetcar, according to Curbed LA.


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

  • Appointment to the Board of Animal Services
  • Report on federal sequestration

2 p.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling with Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Preliminary implementation plan for new multifamily and commercial trash pickup


The Italian American Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan News-Enterprise will host a debate this evening between the two men running for city attorney: Carmen Trutanich and Mike Feuer. The debate will be at Casa Italiana at 7 p.m.

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