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Steve Martin delivers a political ad you'll like

I've never lived in a swing state before. Technically, as KPCC's D.C. correspondent, I don't live in one now. But Virginia's just over the river and, as a result, I see countless political ads aimed at wooing undecided Arlington and Alexandria and Falls Church voters. Between the ads from the parties and the various PACs, I can be watching a playoff game and see four spots for the same race in between innings!

It's a bit wearing. Cherish your cell phone commercials, L.A. They're better than the alternative.

That said, here's my current favorite ad. Unfortunately, it's only on YouTube.  Steve Martin is stumping for his pal Bob Kerrey, who is making a comeback run at the U.S. Senate from Nebraska. Plus, you can pick up tips on how to make a wad of paper.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Rosendahl out of reelection, AEG seeks $10B, city attorney fights with former consultant

City Councilman Bill Rosendahl

Andres Aguila/KPCC

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will publicly address his decision not to seek reelection at this morning's Los Angeles City Council meeting.

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will not seek reelection as he continues his cancer treatments. In his place, chief of staff Mike Bonin will run in the 2013 primary. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, Bill Rosendahl blog

The opening bid for the Anschutz Entertainment Group is $10 billion, according to Reuters. AEG has 25,000 employees and more than 100 sports and entertainment venues around the world.

The ugly fight between political consultant John Shallman and City Attorney Carmen Trutanich continues with the release of an internal memo between the two. In a statement to the LA Weekly, Shallman said of his former client, "I apologize to the city of Los Angeles for Carmen Trutanich. I feel like Dr. Frankenstein who, in his attempt to do good, created a monster and unleashed it on an unsuspecting populace, a monster who has morphed into the Kim Jong-Il of L.A. politics." 

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LA City Councilman Bill Rosendahl decides against run for re-election (updated)

Betsy Annas/City of LA.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl (second from the left) will not run for a third term of office. The Westside councilman is undergoing cancer treatment.

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl will not run for a third term of office. The decision comes as the Westside representative is battling cancer.

The 67-year-old councilman had pledged to run next Spring for a third term of office, but after undergoing more than 13 radiation treatments and multiple rounds of chemotherapy, Rosendahl has decided he must remain focused on his health.

He explained his decision in an e-mail to constituents.

“I promise you that I won’t stop getting things accomplished for you, for our neighborhoods, and for our city as long as I remain in office,” he said in his email. “It is because of these accomplishments and the promise of many more to be realized that I have decided not to seek a third term as your councilman.”

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa released a statement that said: "I was saddened to learn that Bill Rosendahl will not seek re-election. He is the Conscience of the Council, and City Hall will miss his energy and dynamism. I wish Bill a full recovery and good health."

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Hispanic Caucus picks favorites in California House races (updated)

Emergency room physician Raul Ruiz is running against Republican incumbent Mary Bono-Mack in a Coachella Valley district that includes Palm Springs.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is ostensibly a bi-partisan body that in the past has had Republican members. But it has none at the moment, so it's no surprise that the caucus’ political action committee is spending money on two races where Democratic Latino challengers are facing off against vulnerable Republicans.

The Committee for Hispanic Causes/Building our Leadership Diversity PAC, or CHC BOLD PAC, sent $10,000 apiece to emergency room doctor Raul Ruiz, who is running against Palm Springs Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, and former astronaut Jose Hernandez, who is challenging Fresno Republican Jeff Denham. 

In a race for an open seat, L.A. City Councilman Tony Cardenas got $6,000. He's running against David Hernandez, who heads the San Fernando Chamber of Commerce and is running as an independent. In the June primary, Cardenas finished well ahead of Hernandez, 64% to 22%.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Mervyn Dymally passes away, city attorney's race gets nasty, trees sink at LAPD HQ

DAVIS RECALL

Damian Dovarganes

Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally during an appearance at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at the campus in Carson, Calif.

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, Oct. 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Former Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally has died at the age of 86. He also served in the Legislature and Congress. "Dymally's political longevity and ability to return time and again to public office had him winning elections well into what for many would have been their retirement years," according to the Los Angeles Times.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, President Barack Obama ties up traffic -- again -- while over at Wikipedia, someone hacked Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's page.

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