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Maven's Morning Coffee: the cost of maintaining LAPD, mayoral candidates mix family and politics, endorsements in the May 21 runoff

Is the cost of keeping 10,000 cops on LAPD's payroll taking money away from other city services? The Los Angeles Times takes a look.
Is the cost of keeping 10,000 cops on LAPD's payroll taking money away from other city services? The Los Angeles Times takes a look.
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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 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the mayoral candidates get some advice and campaigns for medical marijuana ballot measures kick into high gear.

Now that the Los Angeles Police Department has reached the 10,000-officer benchmark, some in City Hall are questioning whether the cost of public safety outweighs the benefits of other city services, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I don't think it's sensible to say that we cannot cut the Police Department by even one position," said county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who first proposed the 10,000 number in 1989 when he was a city councilman.

The Daliy News looks at how differently Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti mix family and politics. "With the election three weeks away, voters can expect more mailers, TV spots, and emphasis on the personal lives of the candidates," according to the newspaper.

Is a mailer sent by Emily's List on Wendy Greuel's behalf sexist? What about a YouTube video that likens Greuel to Leona Helmsley and the Wicked Witch of the West? The LA Weekly looks at the allegations.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed Eric Garcetti for mayor. "Neither candidate is ready, but (Wendy) Greuel seems like a completed project that falls short of what's needed, while Garcetti comes off as a creative work in progress with potential to meet the challenge," according to the editorial page.

Mike Feuer was endorsed by the Downtown News for city attorney.


Eric Garcetti will discuss job creation at the Hollywood Family Source Center at 11 a.m.

Wendy Greuel will be in Venice at 12:30 p.m. to talk about her plans for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The two mayoral candidates will debate at Sinai Temple at 7:30 p.m.




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