Maven's Morning Coffee: mayors work to re-elect Obama, labor presents spending plan for LA

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Today is Friday, May 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Talking Points Memo looks at the role Democratic mayors will play in the reelection campaign of President Obama. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa "is a prominent partisan supporter of the president and the Democratic party, but he can sell a vision of Democrats and Republicans getting stuff done together — which, of course, was the dream Obama sold on the trail in 2008," according to the piece.

The Bond Buyer looks at Los Angeles' debt management team. According to Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas, "I think we could save $100 million or more over the next 20 years by repositioning and resetting the commercial paper the city has committed to."

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian's office put together a graphic to show how it spent city funds on tree trimmings, road work and illegal dumping pick-up, reports KCET.

Where to Find the Politicians

Members of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions will present their alternative budget proposal to the Budget and Finance Committee at 1 p.m. in City Hall.


10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber Recommendation to require on-site shopping cart containment systems at new or remodeled stores Recommendation to confirm Alan Skobin to Board of Fire Commissioners

1 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber Discussion of labor's proposals for FY 2012-13


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