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Maven's Morning Coffee: the lifestyles of Greuel and Garcetti, alleged voter fraud in CD 13, a look at the medical marijuana measures

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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 Friday, May 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times contrasts the upbringings and lifestyles of Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel. The two candidates "have been criticized for having nearly indistinguishable records during their more than 10 years at Los Angeles City Hall. But when it comes to their lifestyles, they dwell in very different worlds," according to The Times.

The District Attorney's Office is investigating allegations that a candidate in CD 13 inappropriately filled out voters' ballots in Little Armenia, reports the Los Angeles Times. John Choi has accused his opponent Mitch O'Farrell of voter fraud and illegal electioneering activities.

A real estate developer who is the subject of a new Wendy Greuel commercial is threatening legal action, reports the Daily News. An attorney for Juri Ripinsky has sent cease and desist letters to TV stations airing the ad, which knocks Eric Garcetti for accepting contributions from Ripinsky, who served prison time in the mid-1990s.

KPCC looks at the medical marijuana measures on the May 21 ballot. "What’s sometimes been called the Wild West culture of medical marijuana dispensaries in L.A. may soon be tamed with the passage of Measure D or Measure F," according to the station.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Measure D.


Wendy Greuel will celebrate Mother's Day at Placita Olvera at 2:30 p.m.

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti will debate at Cal State L.A. at 7 p.m.


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

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