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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayor's race gets serious, bond for road repairs, endorsements in CD13

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The race for mayor is getting serious. Jan Perry tells the Daily News not to underestimate her, while Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel bicker about the controller's audits.

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Today is Monday, Jan. 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Councilman Bill Rosendahl donates campaign funds and the mayor's race gets serious.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the county's Department of Children and Family Services and why more children are being removed from their homes. "If we think the child is safe, we leave the child with the biological parents. Sometimes, of course, that's just not possible," said Philip Browning, head of DCFS.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD officers accused of attacking women, what sequestration means for LA

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Two Los Angeles police officers are under investigation for luring women into cars and demanding they perform sexual acts, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Friday, Jan. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Two Los Angeles police officers are accused of luring women into unmarked cars and forcing them to perform sex acts, according to the Los Angeles Times. The men allegedly preyed on women who were informants or who had been previously arrested.

An audit of the Assessor's Office determined that John Noguez frequently promoted his friends within the department, even when they were unqualified for the job, according to the Daily News. "Employees indicated there is widespread belief that favoritism played a significant role in promotions when the current assessor was elected," the auditor-controller wrote in the report.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP lobbying contracts, matching funds in mayor's race, medical marijuana makes way onto May ballot

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A report from the controller found the Department of Water and Power awarded four contracts that bypassed the utility's competitive bidding process.

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Department of Water and Power bypassed competitive bidding processes when it awarded four lobbying contracts, according to the Los Angeles Times. Controller Wendy Greuel determined the contracts with Mercury Public Affairs should have been terminated.

A fifth mayoral candidate, Emanuel Pleitez, has qualified for matching funds, reports KPCC. The 30-year-old candidate will also participate in his first mayoral debate this evening.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jerry Brown adjusts school funding, a council race in the Valley, new laws for 2013

Jerry Brown Attends Rally In Support Of Proposition 30

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Gov. Jerry Brown wants to dramatically change how state government funds local public schools.

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Gov. Jerry Brown is working on a plan to dramatically change how state government funds public schools, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I want to align more closely the money schools receive with the problems that teachers encounter. When somebody's teaching in Compton, it's a much bigger challenge than teaching in Beverly Hills," the governor said.

The Daily News does a rundown on the race for the L.A. City Council's Seventh District. "The race is shaping up as a classic battle between a political insider with money and organization against three less-experienced challenges," according to the piece.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: financial abuse in Assessor's Office, a rundown on race for controller, Villaraigosa spends weekend partying in Cabo

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Former county appraiser Scott Schenter is expected to be the prosecution's star witness in the case against Assessor John Noguez, who is accused of bribery and conspiracy.

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Today is Monday, Dec. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The Los Angeles Times looks at property appraiser Scott Schenter's role in financial abuses within the Assessor's Office. "Schenter, who has pleaded not guilty to 60 felony counts including fraud, has spent hours with The Times and investigators from the L.A. County district attorney's office this year discussing details of the alleged conspiracy and is expected to be the prosecution's star witness," according to The Times.

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