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Maven's Morning Coffee: plans for the Controller's Office, Watts Towers get a makeover, longtime spokeswoman leaves DA's Office

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Engineers are working to address the structural problems of the Watts Towers, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Monday, April 1, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Councilman Bernard Parks has a long memory, City Hall looks to increase voter turnout, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa previews his State of the City address.

Candidates for city controller, Dennis Zine and Ron Galperin, each appeared on ABC 7 to talk about their visions for the Controller's Office. Zine, Galperin.

KPCC looks at how the image of Cesar Chavez is being used in the mayor's race. "While the symbol of the United Farm Workers — a black eagle — and its motto, 'Sí se puede (Yes, it can be done),' are copyrighted, Chavez’s image is not," according to the station.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the lack of women on the Los Angeles City Council. "Our brains are different. We have different perspectives.... There's something terribly wrong with this," former Controller Laura Chick says.

Engineers are working on the Watts Towers to deal with the root problems of decay, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Data collected so far point to a monument that mimics a living organism: cracks contract and expand as if the tower is breathing. And the structures tilt to the north when the sun rises and return to their original position when the sun set," writes The Times.

Gov. Jerry Brown issued 65 pardons this weekend, mostly for drug and property crimes, reports the Sacramento Bee. Also included in the pardons were one murderer and two people convicted in manslaughter cases.

Longtime spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, Sandi Gibbons, has retired after 24 years on the job, reports the Daily News. "I even like working with reporters, even if I holler at them. I holler at them so they'll remember it next time," Gibbons says.

Meetings

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on spending for outside counsel
  • An update on construction projects

Announcements

The Greater L.A. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will host a mixer for outgoing D.A. spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Redwood. Details here.

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