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Today is Monday, April 9, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- A survey by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles finds Councilman Eric Garcetti, Controller Wendy Greuel and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky are in a dead heat for the 2013 mayor’s race, the Los Angeles Times‘ Jim Newton writes.
- Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon is favored to win his state Assembly race, despite pending chargers for voting fraud, reports the Daily News. “If I had my preference, I would stay in the city. But the reality is if you want to remain in public service, you have to run for different offices,” Alarcon told the newspaper.
- Speaking of Alarcon, the prosecutor in his case was admonished by the judge last month for being “very dismissive” of evidence provided by the defense, reports the Los Angeles Times.
- In Rick Orlov‘s Tipoff column, the ratepayer advocate is swamped with work, attorney Richard Close is on the county’s committee to break up the Community Redevelopment Agency, and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares for budget season.
- Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks is keeping the redistricting issue alive with an extended Twitter message posted over the weekend. In the post, Parks bashed state Senator Curren Price’s testimony on the matter. “Thank you, Curren for ascending down from the ivory towers of Sacramento and deeming it ‘appropriate’ for one of the poorest districts in the city to have a shopping center it already had,” Parks wrote.
- KCET explains why City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will have to argue for his right to list his profession as “Los Angeles Chief Prosecutor” on the ballot for district attorney. “The act of choosing a three-word description may seem inconsequential, but without knowing anything else about the candidates, a voter may, in a fit of misguided if well-intentioned civic pride, decide to vote anyway,” according to the blog.
- Venice residents and business owners are split over the Los Angeles Police Department‘s recent efforts to clear out homeless encampments, according to the Los Angeles Times. “People need a place to sleep. Shutting down where people can be … creates a lot of problems,” said attorney Carol Sobel.
- Occupy LA penned an open letter to Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar in response to his motion on reducing the hours of the City Hall lawn.
9 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Governor’s Climate Adaptation Conference at the California Endowment.
10 a.m. Mayor Villaraigosa will sign the Multiple Approvals Ordinance at City Hall.
10:15 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Recommendation to extend lease with Mercury Air Cargo
- Recommendation to extend contract on LAX parking lots
2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010
4 p.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Consideration of new map lines for the Los Angeles Unified School District
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association will induct Edgar Rice Burroughs, Casa Vega Restaurant, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Valley College and Universal Studios into the San Fernando Valley Business Hall of Fame on June 7 at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. RSVP here.
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