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President Clinton to visit Los Angeles for Obama fundraiser



Former President Bill Clinton will be in Los Angeles in two weeks to raise money for President Barack Obama's reelection.

Former President Bill Clinton will be in Los Angeles in two weeks for an outrageously expensive breakfast on behalf of the Obama campaign — and he’s bringing a new Democratic Party star along with him.

The former president and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who got raves for his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, will headline an Oct. 8 breakfast at the home of Michael King, whose family ran King World Productions.

For $10,000 a couple can get a photo op and premium seating at the breakfast. Couples willing to spend a bit more — $40,000 — can also get a meet-and-greet opportunity. General admission to the event is a relative steal at $1,000.

The breakfast will take place the morning after President Barack Obama rocks out at the 30 Days to Victory concert at Nokia Theatre. Confirmed artists include Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, and Earth Wind and Fire.


Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP rate increases, pension rollback at City Hall, Rick Caruso keeps media guessing

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Will Rick Caruso run for mayor? He is keeping folks guessing by leaking details on possible media buys for November.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


LA Weekly reports billionaire developer Rick Caruso is checking out what it will cost to run mayoral ads on television starting in November. Ron Kaye LA and LAObserved also seem to have the same source, reporting that Caruso is willing to spend $15 million to $20 million on a campaign, and therefore can't help out fellow billionaire Eli Broad with a fundraising campaign for a pension ballot measure.

Electricity rates at the Department of Water and Power will increase, thanks to a preliminary vote of the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. The increase is expected to bring in $321 million by June of 2014.


Carmen Trutanich, Laura Chick tangle in city attorney's race


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In an open letter, former City Controller Laura Chick calls City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, above, a liar and demagogue. His campaign responds that it's pure politics.

Most voters' attention is on November's presidential and Congressional races, but next Spring's city election is already generating some heat.

An open letter released Tuesday by former city controller Laura Chick, who was never one to hold her tongue, takes a shot at city attorney Carmen Trutanich.

In 2009, Chick was the controller and a vocal supporter of Trutanich, who was running for city attorney against then-Councilman Jack Weiss. She now says that was a “terrible mistake” in part because Trutanich did not support her position that the controller had the authority to audit programs housed in elected officials’ offices. 

“With this one breathtaking reversal, the so-called ‘People’s Attorney’ revealed himself to be a liar and demagogue, who would not only lie to me to gain my political support, but whose clear intention was to squash transparency and disallow the scrutiny of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent,” Chick wrote in her letter.


UC Riverside to host congressional debate following presidential debate telecast

John Tavaglione

UC Riverside Extension

John Tavaglione is a longtime member of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. He is running for Congress in the 41st District.

Mark Takano

UC Riverside Extension

Mark Takano is a Democrat running for Congress in the 41st District. He is a teacher and trustee in the Riverside Community College District.

U.C. Riverside Extension will host a double-headed political debate for Inland Empire residents on Oct. 3, starting with a live telecast of the presidential debate on a big-screen TV, followed by a live, in-person debate between candidates for Congress representing Riverside's 41st District.

The Obama-Romney debate kicks off at 6 p.m. Wednesday and will be shown at the UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Ave. The 7:30 p.m. debate between Republican candidate John Taviglione and Democrat Mark Takano will be moderated by Marcia McQuern, former editor and publisher of The Press-Enterprise.

Tavaglione and Takano are running to represent the district that covers Riverside, Perris, Moreno Valley, Jurupa Valley and surrounding areas. Tavaglione got about 4,000 more votes than Takano in the primary election, and the open district race is seen as one of the most competitive in the state.

The 41st is a new, open Congressional district whose boundaries were drawn by the nonpartisan citizens redistricting commission. The person elected will be the first Riverside resident to represent the area in Congress since the early 1990s.

The free event is sponsored by the Riverside League of Women Voters, AARP, The Press-Enterprise, the Latino Network, the NAACP Riverside Branch and The Group. RSPV are required; call 951-827-4105.

The event is part of the UCR Extension Windows on the World program.