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Maven's Morning Coffee: the state of city parks, a new mayoral TV spot, the comeback of Carmen Trutanich?

KPCC looks at the challenges of funding city parks -- and what that means for the next mayor.
KPCC looks at the challenges of funding city parks -- and what that means for the next mayor.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

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 Thursday, May 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Beverly Hills last night to accept an award from the Pacific Council on International Policy, reports the Los Angeles Times.

KPCC looks at the state of city parks. "Without a change in city budget policy or an increase in parcel taxes to fund parks, things will just get worse ... They will continue to cut programs, layoff staff and increase fees to users," the station reports.

A new ad from the Wendy Greuel campaign attacks Eric Garcetti for accepting campaign contributions from a developer who served prison time in the mid-1990s, reports KPCC.

The LA Weekly looks at Carmen Trutanich's campaign to save his job as city attorney. "Once you've been knocked down in politics, it's not easy to get up off the canvas. Trutanich has had less than a year to remake his public image, and he now faces a daunting re-election campaign against Assemblyman Mike Feuer, a veteran politico who is his opposite in many ways: understated, nuanced, bereft of bluster," reports the Weekly.

A Los Angeles Times editorial knocks the firefighters' union and L.A. City Council for the handling of a LAFD plan to shift more employees to ambulances. "What this episode has produced instead is backlash against experimentation, a thwarting of full discussion and the triumph of power politics, all of which has led to a short-term fix rather than a reasonable and considered long-term solution," according to the newspaper.


The Central City Association will host its Treasurers of Los Angeles luncheon at the Westin Bonaventure at 11 a.m. Council President Herb Wesson will serve as MC.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Dolores Huerta will join the Wendy Greuel campaign at 1:30 p.m. on the South Lawn of City Hall.

The L.A. County Democratic Party will present the Kennedy Awards at Dodger Stadium at 6:30 p.m.




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