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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral candidates debate, UTLA votes "no confidence," Alex Padilla runs for secretary of state

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti debated live on ABC 7 Thursday evening. It was the first debate since the March 5 primary.
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti debated live on ABC 7 Thursday evening. It was the first debate since the March 5 primary.
Grant Slater/KPCC

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Today is Friday, April 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In their first runoff debate, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti differed on a proposed $3 billion bond to repair LA's streets, reports KPCC. "There’s a lot of waste fraud and abuse out there. There are things that we could do differently before you go to the voters and ask them for more money," Greuel said.

A poll from ABC 7 finds Garcetti leading Greuel by nine points. "Last week there were two polls that showed us literally in a statistical dead heat. I'm working every day to talk to people across the city of Los Angeles," Greuel said.

Members of United Teachers Los Angeles voted "no confidence" on LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy, reports the Daily News. At the same time, Communities for LA Student Success, led by the United Way, released a letter supporting the work of the superintendent.

The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer issue press releases or immediately confirm cases of celebrity "swatting," reports the Los Angeles Times. A police spokesman told The Times that people who call in fake 911 calls are seeking publicity.

State Sen. Alex Padilla will run for secretary of state, reports KPCC. The Valley Democrat says he wants to modernize voting.

Which Way, LA? discusses the 110 toll lanes and a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum.

Angelenos Against Gridlock are seeking $1 million to plan and build out fast rail transit, according to Brentwood Patch. "We just need the bold, collective vision and willpower to implement solutions that have worked in cities across the nation and the globe. Angelenos have suffered long enough," said the group's president.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Transit Oriented Development Conference at 10 a.m. at the Music Center.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

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


Tweet of the Day goes to Common, for posting a YouTube video that, sadly, is not from the Onion.

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