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Maven's Morning Coffee: Conflicts in the Wendy Greuel campaign, tax measures in Vernon, Q&A with a city attorney candidate (updated)

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The LA Weekly explores the Greuel campaign's internal power struggle.

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 Tuesday, April 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

LA Weekly takes a look at the inner workings of the Wendy Greuel mayoral campaign. "The Garcetti campaign has more spring in its step. The Greuel campaign clearly has had a metamorphosis. Whether or not seven weeks is enough time to re-create the aura of inevitability, I'm not sure," said Eric Bauman, chair of the L.A. County Democratic Party.

Residents of Vernon will vote on three tax measures today in an effort to close a $8 million deficit, reports the Los Angeles Times. The measures are: a business license tax, parcel tax and utility users tax. The city has 70 registered voters.

The Downtown News sat down with city attorney candidate Mike Feuer and asked about his unusual financial arrangement with his political consultant. "I’m a candidate who raises an issue on his own with the agency that is in charge of the program and says, ‘Is this permissible? Does it comply with the rules?’ They say yes. I move forward," he said.

Former L.A. City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter will endorse Eric Garcetti later today.

Pressers

Updated: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will deliver his State of the City address at 5 p.m. at UCLA's Royce Hall. 

Eric Garcetti will discuss the creation of entertainment jobs at 10:30 a.m. at Sunset and Gower Studios. At 4:30 p.m., he'll speak at Loyola Marymount University.

Wendy Greuel will be part of a press conference at 11:30 a.m. celebrating LA's BEST. Mayor's press conference room at City Hall.

Meetings

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

  • MOU between LAPD and airport police

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

  • Ordinance to create Economic Development Department
  • Appointment to Commission on Disability

1:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on 2012 fire code amendments

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, 1010

  • Audit on ambulance billings

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee with the Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • EIR on the LAX specific plan

Announcements

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