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Mitt Romney campaigns in LA, appeals to Latino business leaders

When he comes to California, Mitt Romney spends most of his time raising money. On Monday, with the election just 50 days away, the Republican presidential nominee focuses on Latino voters.

Needing to attract more Latino support in swing states like Nevada and Florida, Romney delivers a noontime address to the annual meeting of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in downtown L.A.

"The U.S.H.C.C. Annual National Convention provides an important forum for Governor Romney to address key economic issues that directly impact the country's 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses," Chairwoman Nina Vaca said in a statement. “We are thrilled that Governor Romney has accepted our invitation.”

President Obama spoke to the group previously.

The group says more than 5,000 Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, and public officials are attending the conference. It's unclear how many will be present for Romney’s address.

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Obama campaign reaches out to Latino voters in Los Angeles

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Signs for President Obama line the wall of his campaign office in South Los Angeles.

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A Latinos for Obama sign posted at a South Los Angeles campaign office.

Valerie Jarrett Obama campaign

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Presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, second from left, speaks to Obama campaign volunteers about what's on the minds of Latino voters.


Education, the environment and childhood obesity were among the top issues discussed Friday at a Latino roundtable in South Los Angeles hosted by the Obama reelection campaign.

Presidential senior adviser Valerie Jarrett joined El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero, L.A. City Councilman Ed Reyes and Maria Elena Durazo of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to talk about issues that are important to Latino voters this election season. The talk was open to campaign volunteers and reporters.

“Although California isn’t a battleground state, what you’re doing on the phones is so important because we have key states such as Nevada and Colorado that aren’t that far away,” Jarrett said.

The president appears to have a stronghold on the Latino vote. The latest Gallup poll shows Obama leading Republican nominee Mitt Romney 64 percent to 27 percent among Latino voters.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Farmers Field gets OK, Eric Garcetti talks jobs, Obama heads to LA for fundraiser

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Plans to build the Farmers Field football stadium are moving forward thanks to approval from the Planning Commission.

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Today is Friday, Sept. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In a policy speech at Los Angeles City College, mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti talked about his plans to create new jobs, according to the LA Weekly. "That dynamic must change. We need a fundamental shift. The focus must be on jobs and the economy," he said.

The Planning Commission approved plans to build Farmers Field after a 10-hour meeting on the project. The next step is for the development to receive approval from the Ad Hoc Committee on the Downtown Stadium, followed by the Los Angeles City Council. KPCC. Daily News. Los Angeles Times.

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California's political reforms are no game-changer in 2012 election

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The same-party general election between Democratic Congressmen Howard Berman, left, and Brad Sherman is a result of voter-approved political reforms that are having little impact in 2012, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

Californians voted in 2008 to create a citizens commission to redraw electoral districts, which also resulted in a system where the top-two finishers in the primary would advance to the general election — even if they are from the same party.

The idea was to shake thing up by creating more competitive races, and opening contests to more diverse and moderate candidates.

But the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) says the reforms that took effect this year haven’t created anything close to a new political landscape. It’s more like someone just rearranged the furniture.

"The primary results were broadly in line with what might have been expected under the old system," says Eric McGhee, a PPIC policy fellow who co-authored a report released Wednesday. "So far, the first step on the road of electoral reform has been a small one.”

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Maven's Morning Coffee: campaign finance overhaul, murder in Beverly Hills, DWP rate increases

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DWP General Manager Ron Nichols is making the case for increasing electricity rates, though a plan to also increase water rates is on the back burner for now.

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 Thursday, Sept. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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The LA Weekly takes a look at a bizarre murder case in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates. "Dark realities — a twisted love triangle, an allegedly bent and violent 'hero,' a troubled young Asian-American gambler-turned-pimp, a beautiful black Westside rhythmic gymnast allegedly pressured into prostitution — are unfolding at the courthouse," according to the paper.

A proposal to provide more matching funds per campaign contribution is making its way through the Los Angeles City Council. The change would cost the Ethics Commission's account about $12 million. Daily News. Los Angeles Times. KPCC.

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