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Today is Thursday, March 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Former Mayor Richard Riordan joined the Wendy Greuel mayoral campaign as an adviser of economic issues, reports KPCC. The LA Weekly points out this is the third mayoral candidate that the former mayor has backed. Riordan tells the Daily News he'll help the campaign look at pension and health care issues, including 401 (k) plans for employees.
In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, Sen. Dianne Feinstein makes the case for sending Sulaiman abu Ghaith to a federal U.S. prison, rather than Guantanamo. "Our partners and allies around the world have recognized the strength and legitimacy of the civilian criminal justice system and have cooperated with efforts to bring terrorists to justice in American courts," she writes.
The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $1.25 million to two LAPD officers -- one current and one former -- who faced discrimination and harassment because they are lesbians, according to the Associated Press. The case was scheduled to go to trial on March 29.
The Metro Board won't pick a contractor for the Crenshaw Light Rail line until May, reports CurbedLA. Word is that the bids that have been submitted so far have been prohibitively high.
KPCC looks at donors who surpass contribution limits in the mayoral race. "Here's the problem: If a person or partnership owns a string of businesses, the city law treats them as if they were just one person – they may give only a total of $1,300," according to the station.
Actor Robert Downey Jr. visited L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl to discuss homelessness, reports LAist. "We don't have the specifics on what the men discussed, but we do know 'they are developing a wonderful working relationship'," according to the website.
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