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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti's military service, women back Wendy Greuel, Republican files papers to run for governor

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Today is Friday, April 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Los Angeles Times looks at Eric Garcetti's service in the Navy Reserve. "For me there was a decision, would I ... regret it for the rest of my life if I didn't serve, especially in the time after 9/11 and especially given my own family's experience?" Garcetti tells The Times.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor during a roundtable discussion with other female politicians, reports KPCC. "You want to talk about increasing the number of women in government, in politics? Lower the role of money, increase the level of civility, and you will have more women and you will make more progress, have a better result," Pelosi says.

There's a new PAC raising money to support Eric Garcetti -- the Committee for a Safer Los Angeles, reports the LAWeekly. The group is being organized by a consultant who worked on Councilman Joe Buscaino's campaign.

Former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado is exploring a run for governor, reports the Los Angeles Times. It might be a tough go for the Republican candidate -- GOP voter registration is below 30 percent in California.

Pressers

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the first quarter crime statistics at 9:30 a.m. at LAPD Headquarters.

Meetings

8:45 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Economic Development Implementation, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on creation of Economic Development Department

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

  • Report on status of Farmers Field stadium

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