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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA gets fiscal commission, Hollywood development approved, bike lanes on the Eastside

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor has appointed the Los Angeles 2020 Commission to look at the city's finances.
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor has appointed the Los Angeles 2020 Commission to look at the city's finances.

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Today is Friday, March 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A new poll from ABC 7 finds Eric Garcetti leading Wendy Greuel 47 percent to 40 percent in the mayor's race.

Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor announced the members of the Los Angeles 2020 Commission Thursday. The panel will be responsible for examining the city's finances, reports KPCC. Commissioners include former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and IBEW Local 18's Brian D’Arcy.

Two Hollywood skyscrapers were approved by the city Planning Commission Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Times. The project would allow Millennium Partners to build more than 1 million square feet of commercial and residential space.

A Westside group has accused city attorney candidate Mike Feuer of hiding the true cost of his campaign, reports the Daily News. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has filed a similar complaint with the Ethics Commission. "Mr. Trutanich and his cronies are desperate -- and for good reason. It's no coincidence that this frivolous action was filed the same day ABC Channel 7 released a Survey USA poll showing Mike Feuer leading Mr. Trutanich by 18 points," said a spokesman with the Feuer campaign.

L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar appears to support adding bike lanes to Colorado Boulevard, reports the Eastsider LA. "I don’t think it’s going to create any congestion. I don’t think it’s going to affect our ability to move traffic freely throughout the city. It’s good for local neighborhoods when you slow traffic down," Huizar said.

California's former first lady, Maria Shriver, apparently still has her Christmas lights up, reports Curbed LA.

State Sen. Curren Price, a candidate for the L.A. City Council's Ninth District, was endorsed by the Los Angeles Police Protective League and United Firefighters of Los Angeles City.

L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks will endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor later this morning.


None. The Los Angeles City Council is on recess for Good Friday.


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