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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral debate, extortion convictions, delay in airport contracts

LA Mayors Debate

NBC LA

The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor participate in their first televised debate, aired on NBC LA, on January 28, 2013 at UCLA.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A decision on whether to overrule the Board of Airport Commissioners' vote on three public education contracts was delayed by an L.A. City Council committee, according to the Daily News.

Former labor leader Tyrone Freeman was convicted on federal charges of taking money from his union members, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The government's case against Freeman centered on an alleged scheme in which he was accused of boosting his salary by illegally directing Local 6434 money to the affiliated organization he led, California United Homecare Workers," according to The Times.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates prepare for a TV debate, a look at the future of the LA City Council

Los Angeles City Hall

Alice Walton/KPCC

The Los Angeles mayor's race is heating up as the City Clerk prepares to mail out absentee ballots.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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KPCC previews this evening's mayoral debate at UCLA. "[H]ere’s the biggest thing to remember in the race to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: most voters have paid little attention to it, and remain undecided."

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the visions L.A.'s mayoral candidates have for the city. "It may be tempting to dismiss the importance of a mayor's physical vision for Los Angeles. But imagination matters, as L.A.'s history well attests," Newton writes.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: the powers of the LA mayor, neighborhood councils grow up, Carmen Trutanich calls himself independent, gorillas in the CD 11 mist

LA Mayor Villraigosa Discusses Immigration Reform In Washington

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KPCC looks at why being mayor of Los Angeles is far from leading Chicago or New York, where mayors have greater control.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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KPCC looks at the powers of the Los Angeles mayor. "The limits on mayoral power are the result of California’s progressive era early in the 20th century.  Those limits mean successful mayors must avoid a top-down leadership style and focus on building relationships," according to the station.

Neighborhood councils are flexing their muscles and coming into their own, according to the Daily News. The latest example came with City Hall's proposed $3 billion road repair bond. Neighborhood councils called for a 60-day delay and were able to create a dialogue around the measure.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: religion in mayor's race, public transit to airports, a billboard for the city attorney

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.

Rebecca Hill/KPCC

Wendy Greuel talked to the Jewish Journal about her thoughts on converting to Judaism.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Writer Bill Boyarsky writes in the Jewish Journal about Wendy Greuel's relationship with Judaism. Her husband is Jewish, as is their son. "“It certainly is a part of my perspective of something I would like to do," she says on the issue of conversion.

KPCC previews a meeting on the Metro light rail line that could connect the Crenshaw area with LAX. "The planned Crenshaw light rail line would connect Inglewood, Hawthorne and El Segundo with the newly built Expo Line and the region’s busiest airport," per the station.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP's solar program, governor talks community colleges, Beverly Hills publishes employees' salaries

solar plant

LADWP

The Department of Water and Power's solar buyback program is starting up as planned, despite some concerns from the Los Angeles City Council.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Department of Water and Power's solar buyback program will move forward, reports KPCC, despite concerns from the Los Angeles City Council.

Which Way, LA? discusses Gov. Jerry Brown's plans for community colleges.

A Daily News editorial explores why politicians label themselves as outsiders when election season rolls around. "Their implied message: Hey, blame the insiders, not those of us who just happen to have held public office for four or eight or 12 years!"

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