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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel addresses critics, the state of the Republican party, and a visit with Ed Edelman

Wendy Greuel, seen here on election night, used a speech at UCLA to address
Wendy Greuel, seen here on election night, used a speech at UCLA to address "the political establishment and the media" who have questioned whether she would be beholden to labor if elected mayor.
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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 Wednesday, April 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In a speech at UCLA, Wendy Greuel told her supporters she would be an independent mayor, despite criticism that she would be beholden to labor because of the money unions have spent to back her campaign. "My opponent seems to think I should apologize for having earned the support of working people. When he's not out pandering to them for their endorsement, (Eric) Garcetti throws the word 'union' around like it's a slur, and has even called L.A.'s working people 'power brokers', " she said in her speech. Los Angeles Times, KPCC, LAObserved, LA Weekly

Rep. Brad Sherman endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor.

President Obama will not endorse in the mayor's race. However, the Garcetti campaign still features POTUS in a mailer, reports KPCC.

Former mayoral candidate Kevin James talks with LA Currents about the state of the Republican party in Los Angeles. "The Republican Party is missing a lot of opportunities right now. They’ve been rudderless in the last few years," James says.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez visits former county Supervisor Ed Edelman in advance of a new PBS documentary, "The Passions and Politics of Ed Edelman." "When you're talking about Ed's integrity, and his willingness to stand by his word, he was very reliable on that score, unlike a couple of my other colleagues," former Supervisor Peter Schabarum says in the film.

KCET explores how exemptions to the zoning code shape Los Angeles. "The dirty little secret of land use planning and development in Los Angeles, however, is that it is the exceptions to those rules that actually get built," writes James Brasuell.

Which Way, LA? looks at a Lancaster requirement that new homes have solar panels.


L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon will announce a $10,000 reward for information on a series of arson fires in Sylmar. 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.

Rep. Brad Sherman will endorse Wendy Greuel for mayor at 10 a.m. at Cal State Northridge.

Eric Garcetti will talk about the Earned Income Tax Credit at 11:30 a.m. at El Centro Del Pueblo.


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

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

6 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber


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