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Maven's Morning Coffee: Herb Wesson prays for NFL team, Garcetti knocked for jobs numbers, final votes in for March 5 primary

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Today is Wednesday, March 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is on "bended knees, praying" that the Farmers Field stadium gets built, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I believe Los Angeles is the place for a team. We can’t bully our way into it. When you look at the Farmers Field project, it’s the only project in town that’s pretty much shovel-ready," he says.

Wendy Greuel says her opponent, Eric Garcetti, is fudging the numbers when it comes to what he's done for job creation, according to the Los Angeles Times. During Garcetti's time as city council president, which coincided with the recession, the city's unemployment rate went from 5.9 percent to 13.3 percent.

The former chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission wants to ban state lawmakers from fundraising when the Legislature is in session, reports the Sacramento Bee. "Human nature being what it is, a large check written six months before a key vote is simply not going to have the same impact as that same check written 20 minutes before that same vote," says Dan Schnur, who now runs the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

The final votes are in from the March 5 primary and Gil Cedillo and Jose Gardea are headed to a runoff in the First District, reports KPCC. Cedillo received 49.32 percent -- falling just short of the votes needed to avoid the May election.

The group East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice will protest at Getty House on Friday against a Port of L.A. railyard project, reports the Daily Breeze. Community groups believe the Southern California International Gateway project will create greater pollution for the low-income residents in the area.

The LAPD is looking at accepting online police reports, according to NBC 4.

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti changed the profile pictures on their Facebook accounts Tuesday to show their support for same-sex marriage, reports LAObserved. (Some reporters changed their profile pictures to the campaign logo, too.)

A brief detour to New York to point out that Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't like to smile, per New Republic.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join USC President  C.L. Max Nikias to sign the development agreement for the USC Village. 9:30 a.m. at University Village.

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti will discuss his support from labor at a 2:45 p.m. news conference at SEIU Local 1877.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on enhanced E-911 system
  • Report on providing ambulances at Dodger games

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community, and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Appointment to the Commission on Community and Family Services
  • Appointment to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission

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

  • Commission appointments
  • Approval of reward motions
  • Report on LAFD staffing Dodger games

2 p.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium and Convention Center Renovation, City Hall, room 1060

  • Status update on Farmers Field

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Appointment of Warren Furutani to the Board of Public Works


The Neighborhood Council Plan Review and Reform Initiative Committee will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Glassell Park Community Center to discuss neighborhood councils' procedures for grants.

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