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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAX plan approved, former undersheriff speaks out, endorsements in Valley council race

LAX Thanksgiving

Ben Bergman

Despite objections from residents, the Los Angeles City Council approved a $4 billion modernization plan for LAX.

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Today is Wednesday, May 1, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A $4.76 billion plan to upgrade LAX was approved by the Los Angeles City Council 10-3 despite objections from residents in Westchester and Playa del Rey, who said a proposal to move the airport's northern runway would increase noise and traffic congestion. The modernization plan includes terminal additions, a consolidated car rental facility, an elevated people mover and a transportation center with links to light-rail service. Residents are expected to file a lawsuit. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC.

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka talked to the Los Angeles Times about Sheriff Lee Baca, calling him a "confused and erratic leader." Tanaka also confirmed that he did not retire from the department -- he was pushed out.

A poll from the political action committee Working Californians finds Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel within one point of each other in the mayor's race, with 23 percent of respondents undecided, reports the LA Weekly.

New mailers from the Wendy Greuel campaign attack Eric Garcetti from accepting the endorsement of Republican -- and former mayoral candidate -- Kevin James. In response to the attack ads, James released a series of text messages that show Greuel courted his endorsement, reports the LA Weekly. A consultant for the Greuel campaign said the release of the text messages is "pathetic and reveals absolutely nothing."

KPCC looks at how city streets are funded -- and what challenges face the next mayor of Los Angeles.

The Daily News endorsed Nury Martinez for the Los Angeles City Council's Sixth District, while the Los Angeles Times endorsed Cindy Montañez.

Three members of the L.A. City Council introduced a motion that would take pension money out of investment firms that own the Tribune Company if the Los Angeles Times is sold to someone who does not value "professional and objective journalism," aka the Koch brothers. LAObserved thinks that's unlikely.

Pressers

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at USC at noon to talk about transportation policies.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Appointment to the HACLA Commission

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

  • A report on oversight of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
  • Funding for streetcars

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

  • Budget hearings will continue for a second day

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Acceptance of a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Announcements

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