Maven's Morning Coffee: Beck talks riots, race is on in AD 38, LA's new budget chair

In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, police Chief Charlie Beck reflects on how the 1992 riots changed the Los Angeles Police Department.
In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, police Chief Charlie Beck reflects on how the 1992 riots changed the Los Angeles Police Department. David McNew/Getty Images

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Today is Monday, April 30, 2012, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

In an interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he believes President Obama is more in tune with mainstream America's views on immigration than Republican Mitt Romney. Villaraigosa went on to say Obama will "win because he's got a record of defending and fighting for the middle class."

Police Chief Charlie Beck looks back at the 1992 riots when he was a sergeant assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department's Internal Affairs Division. "The events of April 1992 taught us that no matter what we do, we cannot solve crime problems and improve living conditions in Los Angeles without the help, cooperation and trust of the community we serve," he writes in the Los Angeles Times..

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, union leaders want Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa removed as chair of the Democratic National Convention, City Attorney Carmen Trutanich dusts off his 2009 blueprint for the 2012 race for district attorney, and Councilman Bernard Parks' staff tries to get him to take up a hobby.

In a Daily News op-ed, Los Angeles City Council members Bernard Parks and Jan Perry argue that the city's redrawn maps eliminate the progress that South Los Angeles has made since the 1992 riots. "Our city has forgotten the devastating effects of disenfranchising communities. It's time to learn from our history, address the improprieties of the current redistricting process and do the right thing for the benefit of everyone in our city," they write.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton takes a look at the style of the new budget chair, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian. "Where the former chief relished sparring, Krekorian is softer spoken, more inclined to seek consensus," according to Newton.

In the race for the state Assembly's 38th District, the wife of Rep. Buck McKeon is running against the man who served as his chief of staff for more than five years, reports the Daily News. Also in the race are Republican Paul Strickland and Democrat Edward Headington.

City Hall Press Events

7 a.m. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will greet passengers on the new Metro Expo Line. Seventh Street/Metro Center.

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti, Steve Soboroff and Carolyn Ramsay for the Trust for Public Land will announce the Parks Save! campaign to highlight the importance of parks funding in the city budget. Spring Street steps of City Hall.

Meetings 9:45 a.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber Presentation of budgets for LAPD, LAFD, Recreation and Parks, and libraries

Announcements

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