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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel to release education plan, LA gets transit dollars, a deputy shooting in Lancaster

Wendy Greuel will be at a Granada Hills charter school this morning to release her plan for education.
Wendy Greuel will be at a Granada Hills charter school this morning to release her plan for education.
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Today is Thursday, April 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Mayor race 2013

Education is an important issue in the mayor's race and both Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel agree that they should debate the issue. What the two can't agree on is when to debate. On Wednesday, Greuel gave Garcetti a two-hour notice to show up for a debate. Garcetti declined, saying they're already working to schedule an education debate in May. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News.

Meanwhile, the principal of Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, the site of Wendy Greuel's proposed debate, was not pleased to see the school used for negative campaigning, according to the Los Angeles Times. "In retrospect, Greuel might have wanted her staff to do a little better advance work, because Garcetti is well liked at the school — Camino Nuevo Charter Academy — which he helped get a $700,000 grant to help build a new soccer field," reports The Times.

The LA Weekly looks at an officer-involved shooting in Lancaster during which a sheriff's deputy shot off the leg of a man. "The deputies did not have a search warrant and did not announce themselves to (Angel) Mendez and (Jennifer) Garcia, who were not wanted for any crime and did not remotely match the description of the big, white man the officers sought," reports the Weekly.

L.A.City Councilwoman Jan Perry endorsed state Sen. Curren Price for her Ninth District seat, reports KPCC.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa appeared on KPCC's AirTalk to talk about his legacy.

President Obama's proposed budget includes $130 million for the Metro Purple Line extension and the Regional Connector, reports Curbed LA.


Wendy Greuel will outline her plan to reform Los Angeles public schools at 10 a.m. at Granada Hills Charter School.

Eric Garcetti will announce supporters from South Los Angeles at 10:45 a.m. at First AME Church.

The two mayor candidates will debate at 7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles, the Anti-Defamation League and American Jewish University. It will be broadcast on ABC 7.


8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, City Hall, room 350


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