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Today is Wednesday, April 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Emily's List donated $400,000 to an independent committee supporting Wendy Greuel, reports KPCC. In 2012, Women Vote spent more than $10 million for and against federal candidates.
A website criticizing mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti as "a trust fund kid who never had to work a day in his life" went dark after the Daily News asked the Wendy Greuel campaign about the site. A disclaimer on the website identified it as paid for by the Greuel campaign. "Shortly after the Daily News asked the Greuel campaign about the site, a password system was put in place, making the pages inaccessible," according to the newspaper.
Speaking to the Sacramento Press Club, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa again said he would not make an endorsement in the mayor's race at this time, according to Capitol Alert. "I have a lot of respect for people who are willing to put their name on the ballot, run for president of the United States, in this case run for mayor, so I hold both individuals in high regard," he said.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his former campaign consultant John Shallman have settled their legal dispute, according to the LA Weekly. The settlement is confidential. Shallman had accused his former client of owing him $166,000 after the race for district attorney; Nuch said Shallman had "grossly mismanaged and squandered campaign funds."
On Which Way, LA?, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on LA's Clean Truck Program.
Supporters of Proposition D, which would limit the number of medical marijuana clinics in Los Angeles and enforce a 20 percent gross receipts tax, launched their campaign for the May ballot, reports the Daily News. There are two other medical marijuana-related measures on the May 21 ballot -- Propositions E and F.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will discuss the city's Million Trees Initiative at the L.A. River Center and Gardens at 2 p.m. Earlier in the day, the mayor will attend the Arts for LA luncheon in the Tom Bradley Tower at City Hall. At 4 p.m., Villaraigosa will attend an Inner City Arts event and at 6 p.m. he'll attend the Eastside Townhall meeting at the Puente Learning Center.
Former mayoral candidate Kevin James will endorse City Attorney Carmen Trutanich on the First Street Steps of City Hall at 10 a.m.
Eric Garcetti will visit 99th Street Elementary School at 11:30 a.m.
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will debate at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association at 7:15 p.m. at Notre Dame High School.
8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Appointment to the Board of Commissioners for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Actor Russell Brand will be recognized for his work on alcohol and drug treatments
- Report on regulating advertisements on motor vehicles
- Report on creating an open data website for the city
- Reappointment of David Fleming and Jesus E. Quiñonez to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
- Presentation from neighborhood council budget advocates
1:30 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee with the Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling, City Hall, room 1010
- Report on implementing the franchise system
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