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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jan Perry's mayoral run, Justin Bieber's run-in with the law (updated)

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton suggests Councilwoman Jan Perry has the right
Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton suggests Councilwoman Jan Perry has the right "moxie" to be Los Angeles' next mayor.
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Today is Monday, July 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, a cost breakdown of the national political conventions, wireless cameras in the San Fernando Valley, and City Hall prepares to reopen the lawn following the cleanup of the Occupy LA movement.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton describes Los Angeles City Councilman, and mayoral candidate, Jan Perry as "refreshingly open, even blunt." In the piece, Perry says she finds fighting to be an acceptable form of communication. "All of this suggests that Perry has the moxie to be mayor. The question will be whether her record of achievement is strong enough to impress voters," Newton writes.

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine got 15 minutes of fame Friday when he called the cops on Justin Bieber. TMZ has the video.

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, writer Taras Grescoe says Los Angeles is the hardest working city when it comes to public transit. "The real fight in Los Angeles is not going to be over issues such as methane pockets under Beverly Hills High but over whether street space now given over to the private automobile will go to public transit," he writes of the upcoming challenges.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will sign an ordinance exempting car dealerships from the city's business tax at 10 a.m. at KIA of Downtown.




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This post has been updated.