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Maven's Morning Coffee: poll finds Feuer, Zine in the lead, city attorney picks up endorsement, confusion over living wage

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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 Tuesday, May 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Are mailers from the County Federation of Labor misleading voters to think Wendy Greuel will raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles? Eric Garcetti thinks so, according to KPCC and the Daily News. Greuel has said she supports a "living wage" for hotel workers in Los Angeles -- not necessarily increasing the minimum wage for all employees.

Here's Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti's debate from KCAL 9.

A poll from the Pat Brown Institute found Mike Feuer and Dennis Zine leading in the races for city attorney and controller, respectively, the Los Angeles Times reports. In each race, more than 40 percent of voters remain undecided.

Incumbent City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was endorsed by L.A. City Council members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks, reports City News Service.

Which Way, LA? looks at the four L.A. City Council races on the May 21 ballot.


City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar will talk about illegal dumping at 9 a.m. behind Council Chamber.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Sino-U.S. Mayors Summit at 9:30 a.m. At 2:15 p.m., he'll be at the ribbon-cutting for Grifols' Los Angeles facility.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey will join Mike Feuer at 10 a.m. outside of City Hall East.

Eric Garcetti will visit the LAUSD North Valley Occupational Center at 11 a.m.

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti will be at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino at 8 p.m.


9 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on the Autry Southwest Museum

9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on a state bill that would require public meetings to be televised

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Quarterly report on ethics enforcement

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

  • Vote on LAX expansion plan

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

  • Review of revised budget proposal

3 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on the Bunker Hill specific plan


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