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Maven's Morning Coffee: independent expenditures for the LA City Council, Eric Garcetti's green credentials, tax break for TV production

At least $4 million in independent expenditures has been spent ahead of next week's city primary, reports the Los Angeles Times.
At least $4 million in independent expenditures has been spent ahead of next week's city primary, reports the Los Angeles Times.
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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly reports Eric Garcetti helped CODA Automotive move to Los Angeles with $1 million in redevelopment money and now the company is in financial trouble. "The city's contract calls for CODA to refund its money in full if it moves to another city within five years. But the contract makes no provision for reimbursement if CODA goes bankrupt," according to the Weekly. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports Garcetti may have an interest in a Beverly Hills oil lease.

ABC 7 profiles Jan Perry and the Los Angeles Times profiles Wendy Greuel.

Kevin James' campaign released a new YouTube video that shows lookalikes of his rivals burying bodies.

Labor is responsible for three-quarters of the $4 million in independent expenditures that have poured into the city election, according to the Los Angeles Times. The city council candidates benefitting the most from the spending are Gil Cedillo, John Choi and Curren Price.

Ron Galperin, a candidate for city controller, is questioning why rival Dennis Zine would entertain the idea of giving public dollars to a private developer, reports the Daily News. The councilman's chief of staff told the paper the city is looking at the idea but hasn't yet committed any money to the Westfield project in Woodland Hills.

In a piece for the Los Angeles Times, Patt Morrison talks with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck about the fallout from the Christopher Dorner case. "I caution people not to automatically assume police misconduct until you see the investigation," Beck says.

Over at KPCC is Chief Charlie Beck's television commercial for the Measure A campaign.

The Los Angeles City Council voted to eliminate fees for television pilots, reports The Wrap. In fiscal year 2011-12, the city of Los Angeles received just $231,000 in fees from television pilot production.


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

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

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010


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