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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel, Eric Garcetti debate, LAT looks at Million Trees plan, and movement in the assessor's case

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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 Tuesday, April 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The mayoral candidates attacked one another Monday evening in a debate hosted by KPCC and NBC 4. Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti accused each other of not having the independence to oversee the Department of Water and Power.

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel recorded video interviews with the Los Angeles Times.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised to plant 1 million trees in Los Angeles, but ended up with just 400,000. According to the Los Angeles Times editorial board, "In the end, the mayor may have planted only half of what he promised, but it's fair to see this urban forest as half-full, not half-empty."

The assets of a consultant accused of bribing county Assessor John Noguez have been unfrozen, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Sheila Kuehl's campaign website for her L.A. County supervisor run is live.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the city's gun buyback program at 10 a.m. at Frank Hotchkins Training Academy. At 11 a.m., he'll attend the Workforce Development Symposium at the Expo Center. He'll be at the Jewish Federation Headquarters at 7:30 p.m. to talk about immigration reform.

Eric Garcetti will be at the Sunset Triangle Plaza at 11 a.m. to talk about helping LA businesses.

L.A. City Councilmen Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz will urge ratification of a plan to get Los Angeles off of coal. 9:30 a.m. in City Council press room. At 9 a.m., CM Huizar will be at Mariachi Plaza Station to break ground on a pedestrian project.

CAO Miguel Santana will speak at LMU's Center for the Study of Los Angeles at 5 p.m.


9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on a green retrofitting program

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

  • Status update on the fingerprint backlog
  • Closed session reports on officer-involved shootings

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

  • Resolution related to San Onofre Nuclear Power Plan
  • Report on management of Ontario Airport

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on merging Building and Safety with Planning Department

6 p.m. Public Works Committee, West L.A. Municipal Building

  • Report from Bureau of Street Services on street repairs


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