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Maven's Morning Coffee: mayoral campaigns wrap up, Villaraigosa gets a hall at LAX, city attorney candidates decline debate

It's the final day of the mayoral campaign for Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti.
It's the final day of the mayoral campaign for Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti.

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, May 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa heads to China -- having just returned from Dubai, and City Hall prepares for a mayoral transition.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton says the office of mayor will enlarge its next occupant -- Eric Garcetti or Wendy Greuel. "Garcetti would, I think, be a more creative and daring leader, willing to try new things in areas such as technology and community organization. Greuel would be a more reliable mayor, a solid, dependable steward of the government and a determined advocate for residents," he writes.

The New York Times looks at the work of Maria Elena Durazo and what it means for immigrants in Southern California. "Ms. Durazo has often enraged local business leaders, but successful campaigns to require a living wage in some of the city’s hotels and to unionize carwash workers have earned her respect and devotion among many immigrants," according to the piece.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal penned a Daily News op-ed on the importance of electing women -- specifically a female mayor for Los Angeles. "Far from the leader in electing women to its top public executive role, L.A. is a laggard," she writes.

The Daily Beast follows up on the lack of women in L.A. City Hall.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and his opponent former Assemblyman Mike Feuer appeared separately on Which Way, LA?

LAX could be getting the Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pavilion, reports the Daily Breeze.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at UCLA to talk about global investment at 5:30 p.m.




Tweet of the Day goes to yours truly for pointing out how Eric Garcetti got to church this weekend.

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