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Los Angeles County releases $24 billion budget (Updated)

Los Angeles County's budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year was released Monday.
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Los Angeles County officials unveiled a $24.7 billion budget Monday that, for the first time in five years, does not include any cuts or anticipated shortfalls. 

Just three years ago, the county was facing a $491 million deficit. Over the past five years, county departments have experienced — on average — a 15 percent reduction in their budgets. County employees have also forgone salary and cost-of-living increases. Because of that, the county has not experienced layoffs or furloughs. 

Speaking at a press briefing Monday, County CEO William Fujioka credited the city’s good fiscal health to the longevity of the supervisors. 

“When we have this long-tenured board, you have people who had to live with the consequences of their actions," Fujioka said. "That isn’t happening in Sacramento, when you have people leaving every two years or every four years.” 


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RNC votes on resolution defining marriage as between one man and one woman

Prop 8 supporters like this couple (seen at a 2010 San Francisco protest) might be encouraged by the Republican National Committee's vote to continue opposing gay marriage.
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Top officials of the Republican National Committee are in Hollywood for their annual spring meeting. Friday afternoon, RNC chiefs voted in favor of a resolution that affirms the party’s support for marriage as between one man and one woman.

The so-called “resolution for marriage and children” was tucked in among a dozen resolutions on topics from overseas military voting to support for a strong space program. There was no debate, just a simple voice vote on all 12 resolutions at once. They all passed.

One party leader who did not vote was the head of the California Republican Party. Jim Brulte says he stepped out of the room for a cup of coffee. He wouldn’t comment on the vote because he hadn’t read the resolution.

Adam Abrams, regional vice chairman for the California GOP, says the will of the people in California is still represented by Proposition 8. "I was in a black-American community, giving a speech not too long ago," he says. Abrams says people told him, "Do not leave us on the marriage issue."


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LA mayors race: Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel remain virtually tied in fundraising

L.A. mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel remain virtually tied in their ability to raise campaign dollars. Garcetti has raised $1.2 million since the March primary, while Greuel has collected $1.1 million.
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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel have had a busy month picking up endorsements, but more than that, the two have been busy fundraising since the March 5 primary.

The Garcetti campaign raised $1.2 million in the past month. With the addition of matching funds, Garcetti has a total of $2 million cash on hand. The Greuel camp raised $1.1 million and received another $800,000 in matching funds. After expenses, the campaign has $1.4 million in cash, according to the Ethics Commission.

"While the DWP union will spend millions to buy this election for my opponent, my people-powered campaign relies on everyday Angelenos who want an independent mayor who will create jobs and solve problems," Garcetti said. 

RELATED: KPCC's LA mayoral endorsement tracker

The union that represents Department of Water and Power employees supports a PAC that spent $1.4 million to back Greuel and another $519,000 to oppose Garcetti in the primary. 


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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates debate, UTLA votes "no confidence," Alex Padilla runs for secretary of state

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti debated live on ABC 7 Thursday evening. It was the first debate since the March 5 primary.
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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Friday, April 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In their first runoff debate, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti differed on a proposed $3 billion bond to repair LA's streets, reports KPCC. "There’s a lot of waste fraud and abuse out there. There are things that we could do differently before you go to the voters and ask them for more money," Greuel said.

A poll from ABC 7 finds Garcetti leading Greuel by nine points. "Last week there were two polls that showed us literally in a statistical dead heat. I'm working every day to talk to people across the city of Los Angeles," Greuel said.


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Garcetti, Greuel throw jabs in their first LA mayoral debate

Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Controller Wendy Greuel (left) and City Councilman Eric Garcetti (right) met Thursday in their first debate.
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Los Angeles Mayor race 2013In a relatively tame debate, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel engaged in light sparring more than heavy punching Thursday night at American Jewish University in L.A.

“I am not the chosen candidate of the downtown power brokers,” said Garcetti, referring to how Greuel has been  the beneficiary of nearly $3 million in spending by city labor unions. “That is a difference that allows me to be independent.”

Greuel said the support of both city labor unions and the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce demonstrates she can build coalitions.

“I am proud of the diverse support that I’ve had,” she said.

Both are city hall insiders and longtime Democrats, but they sought to dispel the widespread sentiment among voters that there is not a lot of difference between them.


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