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Maven's Morning Coffee: City Hall loses women leaders, city council races gets contentious, a look at Prop C

Roz Wyman was the second woman ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council. She says the possibility of an all-male city council is "amazing."
Roz Wyman was the second woman ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council. She says the possibility of an all-male city council is "amazing." LA Public Library/Herald-Examiner Collection

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Today is Wednesday, May 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles is on the cusp of electing its first female mayor and yet, the rest of city government could be all male on July 1, reports KPCC. The station looks at why more women don't run for office, as well as the challenges they face once they get elected. "I mean, think of this, that we would have in 2013 no woman on the city council. That’s really amazing," said former Councilwoman Roz Wyman.

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez had dinner with Eric Garcetti. "No one would be shocked if, in response to a question about aerospace, Garcetti revealed that he's a former astronaut who planted an organic garden on the moon," Lopez writes.

Glamour magazine does a Q&A with Wendy Greuel about politics and shopping.

The Los Angeles Times visits CD 13 to explore the race between candidates Mitch O'Farrell and John Choi. "Theirs has become the most contentious of the four council races ... with the candidates accusing each other of homophobia and race-baiting, and their supporters clashing in the streets," according to The Times.

Which Way, LA? examines Proposition C, which calls for a resolution to overturn the Citizens United court decision.


Eric Garcetti will visit the Youth Policy Institute in Pacoima at 11 a.m.


8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on creating Office of Civic Innovation
  • Report on sequestration's effect on Housing Authority

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

  • Report on funding for outside counsel
  • Closed session discussion on CRA/LA


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