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Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti says no to a pension proposal, Laura Chick backs Wendy Greuel, Daily News looks at Measure A and B

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti opposes a proposal that would switch L.A. city employees to a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti opposes a proposal that would switch L.A. city employees to a 401 (k)-style retirement plan.
Eric Garcetti campaign

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Today is Friday, Oct. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


It was a busy day at the downtown criminal courthouse as Councilman Richard Alarcon and county Assessor John Noguez each pleaded not guilty in two separate cases. Alarcon: KPCC, Daily News. Noguez: KPCC, Los Angeles Times, ABC 7.

Meanwhile the Daily News editorial page looks at what the assessor's arrest means for Measure A on the November ballot. "(John) Noguez is on paid leave and under pressure to resign. It's fairly certain his name, whatever it is, will never appear on a ballot again. More and more, it seems that no county assessor's name should," according to the newspaper.

Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti opposes former Mayor Richard Riordan's proposal to move city workers to a 401 (k) retirement plan, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another mayoral candidate, Kevin James, supports the idea, warning that the city is "close to going off the cliff."

Former controller Laura Chick endorsed the current controller, Wendy Greuel, for mayor, reports the Daily News.

The Daily News urges a no vote on Measure B.

Candidate Mike Bonin has raised $50,000 in nine days for his race to be the next councilman for the Los Angeles City Council's Eleventh District, per the campaign.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Airbus California Suppliers Summit at the LA Area Chamber of Commerce at 8:30 a.m. At 9:45 a.m., he will announce the winner of the 6th Street Bridge design competition.


8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations, City Hall, Council Chamber

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber


L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina will speak at the Loyola Marymount University fall lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The topic will be Latino politics in Los Angeles and California. University Hall at LMU, 5-7 p.m.

KCET’s Val Zavala and KNBC’s Joel Grover will receive the Bill Stout Memorial Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism on Nov. 15 at the Central Library. To RSVP for the event, contact (213) 623-6003 (ext. 10) or email

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