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Today is Friday, April 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Wendy Greuel's relationship with City Hall insiders runs counter to her "outsider" message to voters, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Over the last eight years, nearly two-thirds of the council's 15 members were endorsed by Greuel, who appeared in mailers, fundraising invitations and other campaign materials promoting them," reports The Times, which also notes that Greuel supported Antonio Villaraigosa for reelection in 2009.
An email between Eric Garcetti and Brian D’Arcy, who runs the union representing DWP employees, shows a cozy relationship back in 2009 when the councilman worked to delay a hearing that could have been critical of a union-supported solar plan, reports the Los Angeles Times. At the time, Councilwoman Jan Perry ran the Energy and Environment Committee. She called Wendy Greuel's accusations about Garcetti's role in Measure B "stupid."
The L.A. City Council approved $500,000 in federal funding for actor Russell Brand's Freehab treatment program, reports LAist.
Which Way, LA? discusses CicLAvia and cycling in Los Angeles.
The LA Times endorsed Mike Feuer for city attorney.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the Los Angeles Business Council’s Sustainability Summit at 8:30 a.m. At 10 a.m, he will announce grants for an earthquake early warning system.
Eric Garcetti and Rep. Xavier Becerra will hold a news conference at 9:20 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels. At 6 p.m., he'll participate in a debate on Univision.
8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on state bill that would increase penalties for people who make fake 911 calls
- Report on severing sister city relationship with St. Petersburg
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on permits for valet operators
- Report on establishing an Office of Immigrant Affairs
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