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Maven's Morning Coffee: Getty House renovations, endorsements for the Board of Supervisors, should voters elect judges?

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti stands with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outside the mayor's official residence, Getty House, shortly after his election. The LA Weekly reports Garcetti spent $453,000 in taxpayer money to renovate the official mayoral mansion after Villaraigosa left office.
Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti stands with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa outside the mayor's official residence, Getty House, shortly after his election. The LA Weekly reports Garcetti spent $453,000 in taxpayer money to renovate the official mayoral mansion after Villaraigosa left office. Alice Walton/KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Friday, May 9, and here is what's happening in Southern California politics:

Headlines

Following the news that he's renting out his multimillion-dollar Silver Lake home for $8,500 a month, the LA Weekly reports Mayor Eric Garcetti spent $453,000 in taxpayer money to fix up Getty House. "Garcetti would later say that he had paid for all the improvements in the house's private areas. However, in all the pages of Getty House records, the new carpet was the only thing Garcetti or (wife Amy) Wakeland offered to pay for. Garcetti's office did not respond to several requests for comment," per the Weekly.

Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis for the Board of Supervisors, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Molina said she regretted not recruiting a successor when she left the Los Angeles City Council in 1991 because no other Latinas served on the council until the election of Councilwoman Nury Martinez last year," according to the newspaper.

Los Angeles County Business Federation endorsed Bobby Shriver and Hilda Solis for the Board of Supervisors, reports the L.A. Business Journal. "Each of these candidates has demonstrated the critically-needed experience to be proactive, pragmatic and visionary leaders," according to BizFed's chairwoman.

Loyola Law Professor Jessica Levinson makes the case that voters should not select judges, in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. "What happens when voters lack meaningful information about candidates? We tend to vote based on factors that have little or no bearing on a candidate's qualifications," she writes.

Curbed LA breaks down the construction taking place at LAX.

Instagram of the Day goes to the president of the Los Angeles City Council, Herb Wesson.

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