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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel returns contribution, supervisors want local control for Ontario Airport, LAT endorses in city council race

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Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel continue to fight over the role of independent expenditures in the mayor's race. The Greuel campaign also returned a contribution from a donor who served prison time, after criticizing the Garcetti camp for taking money from someone who went to jail 15 years ago.

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Today is Tuesday, April 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Wendy Greuel campaign returned a $1,300 contribution from a real estate developer who served prison time in the mid-1990s, reports the Daily News. The returned donation comes a week after the campaign criticized rival Eric Garcetti for receiving campaign contributions from a developer who was sent to prison 15 years ago for financial crimes.

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel again fought about the role of independent expenditures in the mayor's race during a debate Monday evening, according to the Los Angeles Times. One audience member's thoughts on the millions of dollars spent to promote the two candidates: "Think what that could do for potholes!"

Over at KPCC's Off-Ramp, sketches from a day with the Wendy Greuel campaign.

L.A. County Supervisors Don Knabe and Mike Antonovich are supporting efforts to return control of LA/Ontario International Airport to Ontario, reports the Daily News. The airport is currently overseen by Los Angeles World Airports, which also operates LAX.

Which Way, LA? looks at Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to reform school funding.

The Los Angeles Times endorses Mitch O'Farrell for the L.A. City Council's 13th District.

Pressers

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the swearing-in ceremony for Airport Police Chief Pat Gannon at the Flight Path Museum at 1 p.m.

L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz will join environmental groups at 9:15 a.m. in the Tom Bradley Tower to promote the DWP's use of solar energy.

Meetings

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

  • Discussion on whether to move LAX runway
  • Motion to fund LAPD's weekend party patrols

1 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Presentation of the mayor's budget and the start of budget hearings

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

  • Report on creation of Department of City Planning and Development

Announcements

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