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Today is Friday, April 20, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- A Los Angeles Times editorial declares Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa really is the “transportation mayor.” “Villaraigosa has presided over a term of unparalleled growth in the city’s transit network. So it’s not surprising that with just a year left in office, he used his State of the City address to propose an initiative that would put his stamp on L.A.’s transportation system for decades to come.”
- Villaraigosa appeared on KPCC’s Airtalk and KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? yesterday to talk about an extension of Measure R and his budget proposal, which will be released this afternoon.
- Over at LA Biz Observed, Mark Lacter writes that the mayor should be prepared for more pushback on his tax extension proposal. “In retrospect, the first Measure R didn’t receive nearly the amount of attention it should have – and don’t forget it was only after the vote that Villaraigosa came up with his cockamamie 30-10 plan. The free ride would appear to be over,” according to Lacter.
- CBS 2 questions whether the husband of one of the city’s general managers received preferential treatment when his car was pulled over and impounded by the Los Angeles Police Department.
- Here is audio from yesterday’s Metro meeting where Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich likened the 2008 passage of Measure R to a “gang rape.”
9:30 a.m. Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal will join with the Auto Club to commission the region’s only electric vehicle charging truck. Auto Club Headquarters, 2601 S. Figueroa St.
1 p.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will release his budget for FY 2012-13. City Hall.
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Confirmation of commissioners to the Board of Animal Services
- Ceremony marking 97th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide
- Report on the April 3 outage at Mt. Lee
I am very pleased to announce that The City Maven is moving to KPCC. As of Monday, I will be the politics blogger for the station’s digital media department.
The Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will recognize these fine journalists at its May 8 banquet: Bob Pool of the Los Angeles Times; Howard Fine of the Los Angeles Business Journal; Bob Moon of Marketplace; Lisa Bartley of ABC 7; and Jesus Sanchez of The Eastsider LA. KPCC 89.3 FM’s Madeleine Brand will MC the event. RSVP here.
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