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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel supports hotel workers, money pours into South LA race, controller candidates debate

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Today is Monday, May 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, voter turnout could hit 25 percent, Kevin James and Jan Perry debut on the airwaves, and there's life after City Hall.

Mayor candidate Wendy Greuel says she supports paying all hotel workers in Los Angeles $15 an hour, reports KPCC. The city already requires hotels near LAX to pay a "living wage" of $12 an hour. Eric Garcetti also supports a higher wage for hotel employees, but would not commit a specific figure.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the contributions rolling into the Los Angeles City Council's Ninth District race between Curren Price and Ana Cubas. Price has benefitted from $900,000 in independent expenditures from labor, business groups and billboard companies.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at why mayoral candidates have to restart their fundraising in the general election. A "conversation should start with a push by the winner to amend the city's prohibition on carrying cash forward in a runoff. That wouldn't eliminate all the problems with money in city campaigns, but it might take care of one," Newton writes.

The Los Angeles Times has a YouTube clip of Eric Garcetti's Mother's Day speech, with a special appearance by the councilman's young daughter.

The candidates for city controller, Dennis Zine and Ron Galperin, debated on Which Way, LA?

KPCC launched its voter guide for the May 21 election.

Pressers

Wendy Greuel will join Rep. Janice Hahn at 7:30 am at the Omelette and Waffle Shop in San Pedro.

Austin Beutner's Vision to Learn will celebrate its first year at Dorris Place Elementary School at 11 a.m.

Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will tape a debate with KCAL at 10 a.m. Debate will air at 7 p.m.

Eric Garcetti will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. at his Studio City headquarters.

Meetings

None

Announcements

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