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Maven's Morning Coffee: Antonio Villaraigosa reflects on tenure, city attorney goes after digital signs, Pershing Square makeover has uncertain future

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sat down with KPCC's Patt Morrison to reflect on his eight years in office.

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Today is Friday, March 22, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

What is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's legacy after eight years in office? KPCC's Patt Morrison sits down with Villaraigosa -- who explains why the city of Los Angeles should be its own county and why the mayor should run the public school system.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich wants CBS Outdoor and Clear Channel to voluntarily remove 100 digital signs, reports the Daily News. The city attorney also filed a court order to have the signs turned off.

Money to makeover Pershing Square is contingent on the construction of Farmers Field, which means the future of the downtown park is uncertain, reports the Downtown News. "Obviously there’s no money right now, but where there’s a will, there’s a way," says Councilman Jose Huizar.

A civil rights attorney has filed a public records act request to obtain evidence that Los Angeles city officials illegally used race during the most recent redistricting round, according to the LA Weekly. "He diluted the African American voting block in the 8th and 9th districts to build up an African American voting block for himself in his own district," attorney Leo Terrell says of Council President Herb Wesson.

Meanwhile, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Carmen Trutanich for reelection.

Here's a YouTube video of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talking about the city's decision to go coal-free.

Pressers

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and former Vice President Al Gore will speak on the DWP's decision to go coal-free by 2025. 11 a.m. at DWP Headquarters.

Meetings

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

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Announcements

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