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Maven's Morning Coffee: labor's history with the mayor's race, Mike Feuer's lawsuit, a goodbye party for Villaraigosa

According to the LA Weekly, major unions, like the county Federation of Labor, have a history of losing the mayor's race.
According to the LA Weekly, major unions, like the county Federation of Labor, have a history of losing the mayor's race. Tim Boyle/Getty Images

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 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A piece in the LA Weekly notes that not only did labor lose this mayoral election but it has a history of doing so. "(Wendy) Greuel's defeat is the latest chapter in a tale of futility stretching back to the 1940s," according to the piece.

A lawsuit that accused City Attorney-elect Mike Feuer of violating the city's ethics laws was tossed out of court, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This complaint is merely a politically motivated complaint meant to chill the political speech of a rival," the judge wrote in his ruling.

L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscanio's office put together a YouTube documentary on the vote to approve the Southern California International Gateway project.

Which Way, LA? looks at how the city can become more business friendly.

President Bill Clinton will be in Grand Park next Friday for a goodbye party for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, reports the LA Weekly. "The party will cost $265,000 and that most of that, $190,000 worth, is coming from donations. About $75,000 of it will involve public money, 'in-kind' services such as policing the event," according to the paper.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the city council's LGBT Heritage Month presentation at 10 a.m.


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

  • Recommendation to expand a youth summer jobs program in CD 13


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