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Mayor Villaraigosa to get sendoff in true LA fashion with Ryan Seacrest



Former President Bill Clinton and TV producer Ryan Seacrest will join Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday for a sendoff celebration. One local union has questioned the use of $75,000 worth of city services for the party.

Goodbye and hello seem to be the theme of this year's Celebrate LA party in Grand Park as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gets a festive sendoff and Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is welcomed to his new third floor office at City Hall. 

Former President Bill Clinton, television host and producer Ryan Seacrest, comedian Wanda Sykes, Rev. Chip Murray and Rabbi Don Goor will also be on hand for Friday's party at Grand Park. The free event runs from 5 -10 p.m. and include musical acts and food trucks. 

The party is budgeted for $265,000. Of that, $190,000 was donated by Time Warner Cable, Wells Fargo, Disney, the Bohnett Foundation, LA 2050, the Department of Water and Power and Port of Los Angeles, according to the Mayor's Office. The remaining $75,000 represents the costs of city crews, such as police and street services. And that figure has raised eyebrows with at least one city union. 


Maven's Morning Coffee: Compton elects a new mayor, LA city council members leave, advice for Mayor-elect Garcetti

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Voters in Compton will select their first new mayor in 12 years tomorrow, reports KPCC.

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Today is Monday, June 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Compton voters will go to the polls tomorrow to select their first new mayor in 12 years, reports KPCC. "Compton's mayor, despite the prestigious title, has no more authority or voting power than the four council members. That means that whoever wins must get the backing of two other council members to turn his or her vision into a new reality for Compton," according to the station.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, each outgoing council member gets a sendoff, Council President Herb Wesson runs for reelection, and Eric Garcetti returns a piano.


Compton mayor election pits two-time former mayor Omar Bradley against urban planner Aja Brown

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Omar Bradley, who served as Compton's mayor from 1993 to 2001, is on the ballot again for mayor. The election is June 4.

Aja Brown

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Aja Brown, candidate for Compton Mayor at Wilson Park.

Ben Graham at Wilson Park

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Ben Graham, aspiring rapper who has experienced both jail and a gunshot in his 17 years, at Wilson Park in Compton

Compton's voters go to the polls Tuesday to choose their first new mayor in 12 years. The election pits two-time former mayor Omar Bradley against Aja Brown, a community development consultant.

Brown, 31, held city economic development jobs in Compton, Gardena and Inglewood before starting her own firm two years ago. She says many of Compton's basic planning, zoning and strategic plans must be rewritten to attract new investment.

"We see so much mismatch of land uses, but it's because our policies are so outdated that we have no legal mechanism to enforce the type of development that we need," she said.

Brown moved to Compton in 2009 after growing up in Altadena. Her mother had moved the family away from Compton in the early 70s after Brown's grandmother was killed there in a home invasion.


LA mayor-elect Eric Garcetti names transition director

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Eric Garcetti delivers a speech on May 21, 2013.

Eric Garcetti has turned to an old family associate to head his transition team. L.A.'s mayor-elect has chosen Rich Llewellyn, a one-time chief of staff to Garcetti in his city council office and former Special Counsel to Garcetti's father when he served as L.A. County district attorney in the 1990s.

"Rich understands my priorities and has the experience and expertise to help me assemble an administration that is ready for action," Garcetti said in a statement. Llewellyn is a longtime figure at City Hall. He most recently served as chief of staff to Councilman Paul Koretz.

Garcetti's team has established a website for people to learn how to apply for appointments to city commissions — and to offer their ideas on how to improve L.A.

"We want to reach out to a wide array of people for their talent and their ideas," said Garcetti spokesman Yuseff Robb.


City Hall celebrates LGBT Heritage Month

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Galperin, O'Farrell, Bonin campaigns

On July 1, Los Angeles will have three openly gay elected officials, (L-R) Controller-elect Ron Galperin and councilmen-elect Mitch O'Farrell and Mike Bonin.

When the city's new elected officials are sworn in on July 1, Los Angeles will reach a milestone by having three who are openly gay. 

That point was driven home Friday with the Los Angeles City Council's celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Heritage Month. L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, the first openly gay man elected to the city council, led the celebration. He was joined by Councilmen-elect Mike Bonin and Mitch O'Farrell and Controller-elect Ron Galperin. (Rosendahl's final day in office is June 30.)

Bonin, currently Rosendahl's chief of staff, will succeed his boss in the District 11 Westside seat. O'Farrell, a former aide to Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, was elected to his forme boss' District 13 seat, which stretches from Echo Park to Hollywood. And Galperin is believed to be the first openly gay person elected to citywide office in L.A.