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Today is Monday, March 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayor's race has a tab of $14 million, the campaign is on in the Sixth District, and more staff members depart the Villaraigosa Administration.

The Los Angeles Times' architecture critic looks at what projects the next mayor should take on: LAX, the Los Angeles River and Pershing Square make the list.

With just one day until the primary, the mayoral candidates are attacking each other throughout the city, reports the Los Angeles Times. Wendy Greuel knocked Eric Garcetti for his connection to an oil lease and Jan Perry for her financial problems back in the 1990s. Perry hit back at Greuel for the attack. A USC Price/ Los Angeles Times poll finds Greuel and Garcetti are in a dead heat.


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Thousands of students to rally for tuition roll back at public universities and colleges

A crowd of up to 5,000 students plans to rally at the State Capitol Monday to demand more funding for higher education.  

Student groups from the University of California, California State University and community colleges want tuition rolled back to pre-recession levels.  
When California’s economy tanked in 2007, state revenues plummeted and lawmakers cut funding for higher education. University administrators responded by hiking the cost of tuition.

"Tuition has risen over the last decade by over 300 percent," says Darius Kemp, an organizer with the University of California Student Association. He says higher tuition costs make college too expensive for many California families.

"If we were looking at this from the price of bread, the price of milk, the price of gas, no one would sit around and say gas prices going up in a decade by 300 percent in a good thing," he says. 

Kemp says students threw their support behind Proposition 30, the governor’s sales and income tax hike to boost funding for education. He says now that the revenue’s rolling in, those students want the state to share the wealth and keep its promise to make a college education in California affordable.


Crowded field competes in Tuesday's election for Los Angeles' 13th council district seat

Hollywood Sign

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The Hollywood sign provides an iconic symbol for L.A.'s 13th City Council District.

In her mailbox and on her doorstep, Echo Park resident Lucia Chappelle has been inundated.

“It's crazy,” the freelance writer says, standing outside a market. “I’ve got three or four people knocking on my door every day.”

Such is life when you live in a city council district where 12 candidates are on the ballot.

Chappelle, 60, says she votes in every city election, but still hasn’t decided who will get her support this time.  “It’s just really difficult to engage,” she said.


Candidates in last minute rush for votes in 28 cities in Los Angeles County

Janet Chin, Rosemead City Council candidate

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Rosemead City Council candidate Janet Chin outside her campaign office, March 2, 2013

In medium and small cities across the Los Angeles region, dozens of candidates for mayor, city council, and school board are up for re-election.

Without the war-chests -- or media coverage--big city candidates get, these aspiring public servants are spending the last hours before their elections looking for votes one on one.

Janet Chin, a school board member running for Rosemead City Council, spent much of the weekend before the vote walking precincts. She also put on a big "get out the vote" party in her campaign storefront's parking lot.