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Another day, more dueling for mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel.

It's been a busy day for mayoral candidates Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Here's a look at what transpired on Thursday: 

  • The Greuel campaign sent a memo to reporters refuting Garcetti's attacks at Wednesday's Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association debate. On the subject of the Department of Water and Power, the campaign noted that Greuel did not support spending $175,000 on the DWP's Rose Parade float back in 2003. Greuel's campaign also noted that it was her opponent, not her, who supported water rate increases in 2004. "Eric Garcetti and his campaign made a number of false claims. It’s time to set the record straight," according to the memo.
  • The Greuel campaign also released an online video, "Latinos with Wendy." 

  • Eric Garcetti was endorsed by former L.A. City Councilman Joel Wachs and current State Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian. "They join the powerful coalition of Valley leaders who have endorsed Eric Garcetti’s race for mayor," according to the campaign. 
  • Garcetti was also endorsed by the executive director of the Sierra Club, Michael Brune.
  • A political action committee supporting Garcetti began airing radio ads Thursday. The spots will run in English and Spanish. 


Conservative talk radio takes up immigration fight again

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From the first page of the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act," introduced formally in the Senate early Wednesday. Debate starts Friday, and conservative talk shows are rallying support against it.

As the Senate Judiciary Committee gets ready to hold its first hearing on a comprehensive immigration bill, conservative talk show hosts from around the country are broadcasting down the street from the Capitol.

They say they’ve come to Washington, D.C. to hold politicians' “feet to the fire” - and force a "no" vote on the immigration bill.

They've turned a D.C. hotel into a "Radio Row" of on-air chatter—and most of the chatter is against immigration reform.

"Feet to the Fire" warmed by radio waves

A quick walk down the hall and you'll hear one host say, "We need immigration reform, but we don’t need to do it like this." Another calls the Senate bill "a policy that gives someone a leg up because they broke the law—then it’s an amnesty."

This is the seventh time conservative talk hosts have participated in the “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” event hosted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.


CA Assembly approves more money to confiscate illegal guns

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Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield's website

Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield (D-San Fernando Valley), seen here in a file photo, said a bill to help take weapons from unlawful owners "is not anti-gun, [it's] about enforcing current law.”

California’s state assembly voted Thursday to spend more money to enforce the state’s policy of confiscating guns from people banned from owning them. 

“This bill is not anti-gun,” said Bob Blumenfield  (D-San Fernando Valley), “this bill is about enforcing current law.”

The state Department of Justice uses its Armed Prohibited Persons System to track people who legally purchase guns and later lose the right to keep them. 

People end up on a list if they commit a felony or show a history of violence, including domestic violence. People diagnosed with certain mental illnesses also lose their right to own guns.

There are currently 20,000 names are on the state’s list of prohibited gun owners. About 3,000 names are typically added each year.

“The [Dept. of Justice] wants to go after these guys,” Blumenfield told the Assembly. “They need the money to do it.”


Maven's Morning Coffee: acrimonious debate in Sherman Oaks, new TV ad in mayor's race, adult film permits down

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Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti told a debate crowd Wednesday that neither was qualified to oversee the Department of Water and Power.

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Today is Thursday, April 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


It was an acrimonious debate in Sherman Oaks between mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, according to the Los Angeles Times. Greuel and Garcetti accused each other of being incapable to oversee the Department of Water and Power. The controller also brought up the councilman's ethics violations for accepting free tickets to events.

The Wendy Greuel campaign released its second television ad this week, featuring Sen. Barbara Boxer, Magic Johnson and former Mayor Richard Riordan, reports KPCC.


Lobbyists assess success crafting immigration bill

The U.S. Senate’s  “gang of eight” Wednesday released its 844-page comprehensive immigration bill. 

There have been meetings and phone calls and piles of fact sheets from lobbyists — all directed at members of Congress who are shaping immigration reform. Democrat Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles is a negotiator on the House bill, which is still being shaped. He says you know when you’re "close to something really happening when all the special interests come out of the woodwork."

Now that the Senate has introduced its bill, much of the effort is focused on the House. Becerra wouldn’t name any particular special interests, but he says if you "look at the places where there are dollars involved, principally when it comes to workers coming in the future through these guest worker programs," you can get a sense of who’s starting to lobby for or against certain things.