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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates find common ground, Rick Caruso takes a crack at the city budget, "political swatting" takes over campaigns

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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 Monday, May 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


It looks like Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti found plenty of things to agree on at Sunday's debate, reports the Los Angeles Times. The two have similar positions on teacher evaluations, neighborhood improvements and immigration reform.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Jan Perry and Kevin James develop a talk show, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa looks for a library, and Rick Caruso gets honored.

KPCC looks at the math behind Los Angeles' pension plans. An average city worker will get an annual pension of $46,000 after 30 years on the job. For police officers and firefighters, that figure is more like $66,000.

Developer Rick Caruso penned an op-ed for The Huffington Post on the city budget and the size of the Los Angeles Police Department. "City Hall should forgo this year's scheduled pay raises. Every city employee, including police and fire, should contribute towards a portion of their health insurance premiums. LAPD staffing and overtime rules should be evaluated to determine the most cost-effective model that in turn keeps our streets safe," he writes.

The Daily News likens the filing of ethics complaints in campaigns to "political swatting." "The difficulty for voters is trying to separate the legitimate from the frivolous complaints because the Ethics Commission is prohibited from even acknowledging it has received a complaint," according to the newspaper.

The Downtown News endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Curren Price (here) and Jose Gardea (here) for the Los Angeles City Council's Ninth and First districts, respectively.

Former Mayor Richard Riordan endorsed Gil Cedillo for the LA City Council's First District.


Wendy Greuel will meet with parents at 24th Street Elementary school at 8:30 a.m.

Eric Garcetti will host an Aerospace roundtable at 1:30 p.m. United Aeronautical Corporation.


10 a.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Budget hearing and presentation from the Coalition of LA City Unions


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