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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral priorities and a legacy, film fees in Grand Park, digital billboards go dark

The Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to waive film fees in Grand Parks. The six month pilot program is intended to drum up production.
The Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to waive film fees in Grand Parks. The six month pilot program is intended to drum up production.
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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 Monday, April 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In a mega op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, former Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner, former State Sen. Gloria Romero, Rep. Chip Murray and UCLA's Kent Wong, among others, write what they believe should be the next mayor's "to do list."

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sets the agenda for this mayoral race, there's an Assembly race in the Valley, and does the Electoral College still matter?

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton says Angelenos are conflicted on the legacy of Antonio Villaraigosa because of the gap between what he did and what he could have done. "He's also not what many had hoped he'd be, and that's largely his own fault. He promised something great. He delivered something merely good," Newton writes.

The Wendy Greuel campaign will begin airing a new television commercial today that focuses on the impact of gun violence. "We all have our own Sandy Hook," Greuel says in the TV spot, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Traffic experts are not impressed with Eric Garcetti's proposal to give $1 million to an Angeleno who can solve LA's traffic problems, according to the LA Weekly. "It's not as though people in my area haven't thought through these issues," said the director of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies.

Magic Johnson endorsed Curren Price's campaign for the L.A. City Council's Ninth District.

Former Assemblywoman Betsy Butler will run for the 62nd Assembly Districts, reports Capitol Alert. She was first elected to Sacramento from the 53rd District in 2010. Because of redistricting, she ran for the 50th District last year, but ultimately lost to Richard Bloom.

The Board of Supervisors is considering whether to waive filming fees at Grand Park, reports the Los Angeles Times. Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe want to eliminate the fees for six months to drum up production.

A judge has ordered Clear Channel Outdoor and CBS Outdoor to turn off 77 digital billboards by 5 p.m., reports LAObserved.


Wendy Greuel will host a roundtable discussion on the city budget at 10 a.m .at the Central Library.

L.A. County's CEO Bill Fujioka will release the county's budget at 10:30 a.m. at the Hall of Administration.


2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010


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