Maven's Morning Coffee: Kevin James campaigns, state leader marries, DWP supervisor arrested

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Today is Wednesday, May 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez takes a look at the mayoral campaign of former talk radio host Kevin James. "He seems to believe he has connected on his radio show and the campaign trail with dissatisfied taxpayers, and I'm sure that's true. But when a Clydesdale gets his picture taken by an appreciative fan, it doesn't mean he's going to win the Kentucky Derby," Lopez writes.

Los Angeles city and county officials will work together to coordinate the rules of the City Hall and Civic Center parks, according to the Daily News. A motion from Councilman Richard Alarcon is intended to prohibit encampments and limit the hours of operation. "I'm not so concerned about Occupy L.A. as I am about the homeless situation," he told the newspaper.

A supervisor with the Department of Water and Power was on duty last month when he was arrested for drunk driving, reports the Los Angeles Times.

State Sen. Alex Padilla, a former president of the Los Angeles City Council, was married Friday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at Dodger Stadium at 10 a.m. He will then join Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon in Boyle Heights to tour the Breed Street Shul.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will attend the grand opening of Two Boots Pizza at 826 S. Broadway at 6:30 p.m.

Candidates running for district attorney -- John L. Breault III, Alan Jackson, Jackie Lacey, Danette Meyers and Carmen Trutanich -- will participate in a Q&A with Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton at 11 a.m. at the Times.

Meetings 8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report from city attorney on advising CRA successor agency
  • Report on creating Economic Development Department
  • 10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation report on the creative economy
  • Recommendation to clarify city's conflict of interest policy and prohibit anyone who works on a city-subsidized housing development from living in said building
  • Report on skateboard "bombing"
  • 1 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Discussion on the budgets of Animal Services, the Los Angeles Zoo and Convention Center
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