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Maven's Morning Coffee: campaigns and social media, Howard Berman's future, the Children's Museum as a money pit?

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More than every before, political campaigns are using social media to gather data on potential voters, reports KPCC.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A Daily News editorial calls the Children's Museum in the San Fernando Valley a money pit now that the L.A. City Council has agreed to put DWP and sanitation funds into the project. "If the City Council truly wants to open the doors to this museum, then it should shift the burden from taxpayers and place it in the hands of a capable outsider -- preferably a group with fundraising experience and money management skills," according to the newspaper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates debate, sales tax measure divides City Hall, DA reassigns former political rival

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The top four mayoral candidates, in order from left to right: Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti, participated in their first televised debate this weekend.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the proposed sales tax increase divides City Hall, candidates fundraise during the holidays, and mayoral candidates list their "biggest weaknesses."

A Los Angeles Times editorial urges Angelenos to pay attend to the March 5 election. "Knowing who we as a city are and where we want to go, we can better make demands of those who seek to lead our government," according to the newspaper.

ABC 7 broadcast the first televised debate between the top four mayoral candidates.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jailer arrested, funding for Children's Museum, charges dropped against former San Fernando councilwoman

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A Los Angeles County jailer was arrested for assaulting two inmates and falsifying police reports, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Friday, Dec. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A Los Angeles County jailer is facing allegations that he assaulted two inmates and falsified police reports, according to the Los Angeles Times. At least one of the attacks was caught on tape.

The Los Angeles City Council will consider moving $8 million in public money over to the long-delayed Children's Museum, reports the Daily News. About $3.9 million of that would come from the Department of Water and Power, which in exchange would get its own exhibit at the museum.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown undergoes cancer treatments, Animal Services get behavioral assessments, volunteers perform LA County's marriages

Jerry Brown Attends Rally In Support Of Proposition 30

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Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer, according to his doctor.

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Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Gov. Jerry Brown is receiving radiation treatments for prostate cancer. Treatment is expected to be complete in four weeks, reports KPCC.

Los Angeles Times writer George Skelton says now is the time to update Prop 13. "But anytime a thoughtful politician has had the courage to suggest tinkering, there have been howls from homeowners — egged on by anti-tax pros — who fret that their low property assessments are going to skyrocket," he writes.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: labor wants CAO out, analysis of same-sex marriage campaigns, plea deal for Andrea Alarcon

Inaugural Gala Of LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes

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In interviews with labor, mayoral candidates are being asked whether they would keep City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. Only one said yes.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Labor wants to know if mayoral candidates would keep the city's top budget official if they are elected, reports the Los Angeles Times. Council President Herb Wesson said he would fight any effort by the new mayor to remove Miguel Santana.

The Atlantic does a deep dive on the campaign to support same-sex marriage. The success of Proposition 8 in California also gets a look. "The breakthrough victories for gay marriage in 2012 were narrow and hard-won. They were the result of meticulous work by a disciplined group of operatives who had vowed, after the defeats of 2008 and 2009, to find a way to win at the ballot box," according to the piece.

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