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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jackie Lacey sworn in as DA, Mike Feuer hospitalized, Eric Garcetti gets Valley endorsement

Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new Los Angeles County District Attorney.
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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A poll by Loyola Marymount University found Angelenos were more supportive of former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension plan than a proposal to increase the city sales tax, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as the new district attorney for Los Angeles County. "“It hardly seems real. I praise God for the journey as well as the victory," she said at her inauguration, reports KPCC.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer was injured in a car crash on his way to Jackie Lacey's ceremony, reports KPCC. His political consultant says he will remain hospitalized for a few days.

L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti's mayoral campaign was endorsed Monday by the Democratic Party of the San Fernando ValleyLA Weekly has the details.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join the Campaign to Fix the Debt Steering Committee, according to Mike Allen's Playbook. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama tweeted that Debbie Wasserman Schultz will continue to chair the Democratic National Committee.

The Northridge killing of four people has brought new attention to illegal boarding houses, reports the Daily News. "Councilman Mitchell Englander toured (the) home and told the Daily News the house was filthy, with mattresses scattered on floors and one bedroom door blocked by debris, meaning occupants must have had to enter and exit through a window."

A Los Angeles Times editorial questions how the personal problems of Andrea Alarcon actually impact her job as president of the Board of Public Works. "The case is murkier when the charge is personal and the potential misconduct is unrelated to public duty," according to the newspaper.

Mike Bonin, running for the Los Angeles City Council's Eleventh District, was endorsed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists, and Allied Crafts, per a release from the campaign. Over in the First District, candidate Gil Cedillo picked up an endorsement from the California Nurses Association.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will talk about his trip to South America at the Capstone Turbine Corp. in Chatsworth at 1:30 p.m.


8 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

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

1:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H


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