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KPCC is broadcasting live from the Serving Spoon in Inglewood. Come tell us what issues matter to you this election season.

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KPCC's Frank Stoltze prepares to go live at The Serving Spoon in Inglewood on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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Producer Lauren Osen readies to go live from The Serving Spoon in Inglewood, Calif.

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KPCC is broadcasting live from the Serving Spoon in Inglewood. Come tell us what issues matter to you this election.

Update 12:40pm: The catfish is cold

That'll do it for us from The Serving Spoon. The kitchen's reheating our entrees and, after a full morning fending off the hunger amid the scent of amazing food, we're ready to chow down. 

You can still let us know what you think. Record your thoughts on the issues that you find most important this election. Just record and send us your audio by clicking the audio below (and know that we may use your track on air!)

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Update 12:30 pm: Race and respect

Kris Sims says she feels the President hasn't received the same level of respect as previous presidents, and the reason, she feels, is his race.

"I think the way that even Romney has addressed him even during the debates  is not the same level of respect that he would've had if he wasn't black," Kris said. 


Up to 209 layoffs, salary freeze possible for City of LA (updated)

Democratic National Convention: Day 1

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is calling on the Los Angeles City Council to make budget cuts, including 209 layoffs starting Jan. 1, 2013.

When the Los Angeles City Council approved its budget for fiscal year 2012-13, members kicked the can down the road of layoffs. Now, nearly halfway through the year, those 209 layoffs are back. 

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for the layoffs in a letter sent in anticipation of the financial status report from the city administrative officer. The layoffs are expected on Jan. 1, 2013. 

“This is a difficult yet necessary decision,” Villaraigosa said.

Of those 209 positions that are listed on the city’s books, 186 are filled by employees, according to City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, who is also recommending that 50 jobs be cut from the City Attorney’s Office. That would end furloughs for the department. 

Even with those layoffs, the city’s budget deficit for 2013-14 would be $216 million. Without the layoffs, the shortfall would increase to $232 million. Just four months into this fiscal year, the city has a $16.6 million deficit.


Maven's Morning Coffee: NFL to Dodger Stadium, assessor remains in jail, poll shows lead in mayor's race


CBS Sports reports the NFL has second thoughts on moving a team to Los Angeles in a downtown stadium. The league if reportedly looking at Dodger Stadium.

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 Tuesday, Oct. 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Controller Wendy Greuel has a 2-to-1 lead over Councilman Eric Garcetti in the 2013 mayor's race, according to a private poll obtained by the LA Weekly. Representatives for the campaigns of Garcetti and Councilwoman Jan Perry both likened the poll to animal excrement.

CBS Sports reports that Los Angeles will not get a NFL team next year. "[T]he NFL essentially ruled out a move for next season and expressed some concerns about the feasibility of a downtown stadium," according to the site.


Obama vs. Romney: Watch & discuss the last presidential debate here


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President Barack Obama debates with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Oct. 22, 2012 at the start of the third presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney will meet Monday night for their final debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. The format will be similar to the first presidential debate, but the candidates will focus on foreign policy.

It's your last chance to watch and discuss the debate with us. Check out live footage on this page starting at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern or listen at KPCC 89.3 FM.

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Political battle for the White House fought in pages of women's magazines

First Lady Michelle Obama and Ann Romney have made magazines a platform for courting women voters.

Ann Romney sat down with the ladies of “The View” last week and tackled tough questions on abortion (her husband “has always been a pro-life person”), and why the Romney sons hadn’t served in the military (all were on Mormon missions, “We find different ways of serving”).

Last month, Michelle Obama stopped by the show with her husband. The topic of the Libya attack came up, but most of the questions were softball queries about their marriage.

The candidate’s wives have shown up in puffy articles in many magazines, including Good Housekeeping, Parade, and People.

So I shouldn’t have been surprised to find Michelle Obama in between the perfume and handbag ads in this month’s Elle.  But it doesn’t read like a puff piece.  It reads like a campaign mailer, complete with the “5 reasons to vote for Barack.”