Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: Independent expenditures for Wendy Greuel, Villaraigosa in DC, water tax at the county

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Wendy Greuel Campaign

The union that represents DWP workers is partnering with the entertainment industry to support Wendy Greuel in the mayor's race. Two former consultants for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will run the independent expenditure.

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Entertainment executives are partnering with IBEW Local 18, the union that represents workers with the Department of Water and Power, to support Wendy Greuel for mayor, according to the Los Angeles Times. Working Californians hired Ace Smith and Sean Clegg to run the independent expenditure campaign.

Is Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in Washington, DC to interview for a cabinet position? KPCC looks at the possible roles for the outgoing mayor.

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Is a Cabinet post in the offing for Villaraigosa?

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President Barack Obama is looking to fill out his Cabinet, but is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the short list?

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the National Press Club Monday, ostensibly to talk about immigration reform. But the Mayor sounded more like he was auditioning for a job.

The rumors have been floating around for months: will Villaraigosa be invited to join the cabinet of the second Obama Administration?

Villaraigosa steps down this summer after two terms as mayor. At a luncheon for media and Latino leaders at the National Press Club, Villaraigosa said he’s aware of the abyss: "With each passing week I take another step toward what one wit would call the transition from Who’s Who to who’s he?"

Villaraigosa’s has already served as Speaker in the state Assembly. And he doesn’t seem much interested in running for Governor. When asked whether he’s been asked by the White House to take a Cabinet position, Villaraigosa gave his stock answer: "I don’t care to comment on any future job. I’m focused on the job I’ve got."

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Villaraigosa talks immigration reform in Washington DC

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke about immigration reform Monday at the National Press Club in Washington.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Washington this week for the U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting. But he’s been talking immigration reform all over town.

Villaraigosa was a guest on “Face the Nation” Sunday. On Monday, he addressed the National Press Club, outlining the steps he and fellow Democrats believe Congress must take to fix the nation’s immigration system. 

Villaraigosa said a "pathway to legal, permanent residency and citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants must be at the core of reform."

Responding to critics who want to clamp down on the undocumented in the workplace and cause them to self-deport, the mayor said there’s never been a case in history where 11 million people have self-deported.

Like other Democrats, Villaraigosa wants to replace the current E-Verify system, which checks citizenship status in a federal database. The mayor instead endorsed what he called an “effective and efficient” employment verification program.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD numbers, profiles on Jan Perry and Wendy Greuel, and a new county tax

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Andres Aguila/KPCC

The LAPD now has more 10,000 police officers because of a decision to transfer 60 General Services officers in administrative duties.

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 Monday, Jan. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he'll support his successor, candidates line up for the Board of Supervisors, and there's a fight over broken parking meters.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the numbers of officers in the Los Angeles Police Department, which squeaked by 10,000 thanks to the transfer of 60 General Services officers. "The trouble, of course, is that while moving those officers into the LAPD may make administrative sense, it does not produce one smidgen of improved public safety," Newton writes.

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Election season descends on Los Angeles

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Frank Stoltze/KPCC

Campaigns mostly use cellular phones now, but people still need a place to call. This is one of the rooms at Jan Perry's mayoral campaign office, which opened on 31st Street near USC this weekend.

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Jan Perry mingled among supporters and danced to a live band’s version of Sly and the Family Stone songs in a parking lot outside her new campaign office near USC Saturday.

“We just had a grand opening and it was raucous,” Perry says.

Raucous may be a bit of an overstatement, given the festivities included the aging former City Councilman and State Senator Nate Holden. Congresswoman Maxine Waters attended too.

No less than five Los Angeles city candidates brought out the balloons and formally opened new campaign offices this weekend. Almost all are pretty plain offices, with maps of voting prescincts and databases of potential supporters. Bad coffee, soda, and nuts are usually available. Sometimes fruit.

“Are you ready?” political aide Arturo Vargas shouted to a crowd packed into a new MacArthur Park office for former State Senator Gil Cedillo. “We’re fired up!” booms Vargas. 

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