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Maven's Morning Coffee: Antonio Villaraigosa says goodbye, Eric Garcetti waves hello, Metro approves new light rail line



Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks with chief of police William Bratton during his black tie Inaugural Gala held at the Dorothy chandler Pavilion June 30, 2005. His last day in office is Sunday.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaks with chief of police William Bratton during his black tie Inaugural Gala held at the Dorothy chandler Pavilion June 30, 2005. His last day in office is Sunday.
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Today is Friday, June 28, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in his final days in office. He is on a 24-hour bus tour of Los Angeles today. He also did exit interviews with NPR and the Los Angeles Times.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will attend his final meeting of the Los Angeles City Council this morning. He's spent six weeks preparing for his role as mayor by embarking on a listening tour and sorting through 2,000 job and commission applications, reports KPCC.

Metro approved funds for the new Crenshaw/LAX light rail line, reports the Los Angeles Times. The project's $2.06 billion budget is the largest in the transit agency's history. Ultimately it will connect the Expo Line with the Green Line.

A Daily News editorial urges the L.A. City Council to sign an agreement with the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association over control of the city asset. "Privatization of non-essential (but important, even cherished) city functions can be a boon to city finances and those facilities' performance," according to the newspaper.

LAObserved posts farewell emails from Deputy Mayor Torie Osborn and Special Assistant City Attorney Jane Usher.

LAANE's Frying Pan blog has a piece on the future of CAO Miguel Santana.

Pressers

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on a 24-hour farewell bus tour of Los Angeles.

Upcoming Votes

Friday

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