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He said, she said: Garcetti, Greuel bicker in final televised debate

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel, seen here in a previous debate, participated in their final televised debate Monday morning. It will air at 7 p.m. on KCAL.
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Monday morning at the CBS studios in Culver City, Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti met for their final televised debate of the campaign. The format was different from previous encounters — instead of a panel of questioners, KCBS/KCAL political reporter Dave Bryan alone tried to engage the candidates.

But despite Bryan's best efforts, the candidates mainly repeated themes from their mailers and TV ads — hammering each other on integrity and perceived conflicts of interest.

On the issue of the Department of Water and Power, Garcetti continued to talk about how much money the utility’s union has spent in support of Greuel. The Working Californians political action committee has raised more than $3.3 million for its own efforts on Greuel's behalf. Garcetti maintained that, as mayor, Greuel would not stand up to the union when its contract is up for renewal next year.


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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel supports hotel workers, money pours into South LA race, controller candidates debate

Wendy Greuel said this weekend that she supports $15 an hour wages for hotel workers in LA. The city already requires a "living wage" of $12 per hour at hotels near LAX.
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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, May 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, voter turnout could hit 25 percent, Kevin James and Jan Perry debut on the airwaves, and there's life after City Hall.

Mayor candidate Wendy Greuel says she supports paying all hotel workers in Los Angeles $15 an hour, reports KPCC. The city already requires hotels near LAX to pay a "living wage" of $12 an hour. Eric Garcetti also supports a higher wage for hotel employees, but would not commit a specific figure.


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LA mayor’s race: Greuel wants $15 'living wage' for hotel workers; Garcetti won't commit on amount

Eric Garcetti speaks with voters after a forum sponsored by the South LA Alliance of Neighborhood Councils.
Frank Stoltze

Los Angeles Mayor race 2013As Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel crisscrossed Los Angeles in search of support, many voters wrestled to decide between the two Democrats in this non-partisan race for mayor.

Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel said over the weekend that she wants the city to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all hotel workers in L.A.

“We want to make sure that all boats rise in the city, that people have the opportunity to afford housing and to be able to afford amenities,” Greuel said at a campaign stop in South L.A.

The city already requires hotels along Century Boulevard near LAX to pay workers a “living wage” of nearly $12 an hour. Greuel wants to expand that.

The public commitment appeared to be a new one, and came 10 days before Election Day in a tight race where labor union activists could play a deciding role. In fact, those activists over the weekend handed out a Greuel flyer saying she would increase the minimum wage for those workers.


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Will immigration reform mean drones over Southern California?

The Senate's immigration bill includes a proposal to allow drones to patrol the US-Mexico border

One of the unintended consequences of the immigration reform bill now under scrutiny in the U.S. Senate could be drones in the skies over Southern California. But California's senior Senator says, "Not so fast…" 

Tucked away in the nearly 900-page immigration bill is the "Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy." It would allow "unarmed, unmanned aerial systems" — in other words, drones —  to patrol the border. The bill defines that region as stretching 100 miles north from the border.


Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, head of the Intelligence Committee, says she's very familiar with a drone's ability to see from great distances with great accuracy. "You don't want them looking in windows of people's homes or in back yards of people's homes," she says. Feinstein says that kind of surveillance could affect "millions of people living within that hundred miles" in Southern California.


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KPCC's voter guide: Enter your address, see your ballot, take your choices to the polls

Choose your candidates, print, email or text yourself your ballot. Take the anxiety out of Election Day.

Last week we launched our voter guide for the May 21st municipal election. We've got candidate statements, must-read coverage on each race, and your candidates' answers to the questions that define their race.

It's pretty simple. Enter your address, the app will deliver a rundown of each race proposition and measure applicable to you.

(Rest assured, no information you enter will be collected or disseminated by KPCC or any third-party organization.)

You can save your choices on your mobile device or print them out so you can bring them to the polls. 

We'll have this up at the top of the homepage until Election Day, and we'll continue to add more coverage as it develops. Have a look, thumb through it to learn about the candidates who will appear on your ballot, and let us know your thoughts.


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