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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel suspends TV ads, San Bernardino County joins onto LAX lawsuit, Villaraigosa heads to China

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel Campaign

Wendy Greuel's campaign has suspended its television advertisements two weeks out from the election. The Los Angeles Times says it's a sign of her fundraising difficulties.

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Today is Wednesday, May 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Wendy Greuel campaign has suspended its television advertisements, reports the Los Angeles Times. The paper says it's "a move that reflects her continuing struggle to raise enough money to compete head-to-head on the airwaves with her rival, Eric Garcetti."

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti debated about education on Which Way, LA?

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez went with Wendy Greuel to Tolliver's barbershop to watch her talk politics. "Not since Mayor Jim Hahn did the Slauson Shuffle at Tolliver's in 2005 have I seen a politician as comfortable there as Greuel," Lopez writes.

San Bernardino County along with Culver City, Inglewood and Ontario has signed onto a lawsuit over the $4.8 billion expansion of LAX, according to the Daily News. "Officials believe the modernization program can further negatively impact LA/Ontario International Airport which has already seen a 40 percent drop in passenger traffic since 2007," according to the paper.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is headed out on one last international trip during his tenure with a trade mission to China, reports the LA Business Journal. The Port of LA and Los Angeles World Airports will cover the tab for the $80,000 trip.


Eric Garcetti will visit Google in Venice at 2 p.m.


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

  • Vote on rail project down by the Port of LA

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

  • Budget deliberations

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on Bunker Hill project


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