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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa defends his record, City Hall calls for hearings on street repairs, mayoral candidate opposes moving LAX runway

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Today is Tuesday, April 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayor candidate Eric Garcetti says he is opposed to moving LAX's northern runway 260 feet to the north, reports the Los Angeles Times. That places Garcetti on the side of Westchester and Playa del Rey neighbors. "Backers say the additional distance will make it easier to serve the largest commercial jets, such as the Airbus A380, which require special handling when it arrives at LAX," according to the newspaper.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is defending his record after Wendy Greuel called out the city's leadership for failing to turn around unemployment, according to the Daily News. "Look, people are going to say what they're going to say. I'm focused on doing my job," he tells the paper.

L.A. City Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Mitch Englander will host a series of public hearings on the state of city streets, according to the Daily News. Earlier this year, the councilmen's efforts to get a $3 billion dollar street repair bond on the ballot failed, in part because they did not reach out to neighborhood councils.

The former president of the Recreation and Parks Commission, Steve Soboroff, wants the city to find creative ways to fund city parks, reports KPCC. "To address plummeting tax revenues caused by the recession, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the city council slashed Recreation and Parks by $40 million since 2008," according to the station.


Former mayoral candidate Kevin James will endorse Eric Garcetti at 10 a.m. at the Valley Municipal Building.

Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel will give a speech at UCLA at 11 a.m.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar and the Department of Recreation and Parks will open the refurbished Lou Costello Jr. Recreation Center at 3 p.m.


9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissions, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Verbal report on providing ambulances during Dodger games

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

  • Report on SB 1315
  • Report on accepting electronic sales records for ammunition

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

  • Report on implementing the E-911 system
  • Certification of March 5 election results

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on demolition of Fairfax Theater

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on eliminating Animal Services' graveyard shift


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