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Maven's Morning Coffee: Congress disagrees over LAX runway, Villaraigosa makes final push for privatization plans, what happened to sale of AEG?

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Today is Tuesday, March 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Reps. Maxine Waters and Henry Waxman are at odds over a proposal to move LAX's northern runway, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Waters depicted Waxman as someone who had joined 'an unholy alliance' composed of organized labor and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, which view the runway plan as critical to job creation and keeping the airport competitive," according to the newspaper.

Forbes looks at why Philip Anschutz pulled the plug on the sale of AEG. "Anschutz got wind that (Tim) Leiweke was trying to influence the choice of a buyer for AEG. Anschutz became infuriated and fired him and ended the sale," according to the piece.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making a final push to privatize management at the Los Angeles Zoo and Convention Center, reports the Daily News. Labor hopes to delay the decisions until July 1 -- when a new mayor will be sworn into office.

President Bill Clinton endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor, per KPCC.

A man killed in a car crash near Acton was identified as Alejandro Renteria, who worked in the Homeboys Diner at City Hall. Also in the crash was Renteria's 9-year-old daughter, who walked more than a mile to seek help following the collision. CBS 2. @HomeboyInd.


Mayor candidate Eric Garcetti will meet with the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. to discuss his jobs plan.


9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on proposed relocation of Channel 35 studio

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

  • Quarterly discipline report
  • Report on destruction of obsolete records

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

  • Ordinance to levy taxes related to downtown streetcar
  • Report on eliminating remaining deficit
  • Report on funding neighborhood councils

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

  • Report on digital billboards


L.A. City Councilman-elect Mike Bonin will speak at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at 5 p.m. Details available here.

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