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Campaign 2013

In last night's mayoral debate at the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, Wendy Greuel was the main target of the other candidates, who were allowed to ask questions. Her call to eliminate the city business tax without saying how its revenue would be replaced, her relationship with the DWP and unions and recent news of a labor PAC that will spend big money for her all came up. LAT, DN

Eric Garcetti toured the aircraft mechanic training program at Van Nuys Airport and reiterated his support for finding ways to keep the program going at its present location. An ABC 7/Survey USA poll also found him leading the race. ABC 7

Renter advocates say the candidates are lacking. LA Weekly

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced he would back an effort by Councilman Paul Krekorian to ban the possession of high-capacity ammunition magazines, and rival Mike Feuer unveiled an array of new gun control measures he said he would support if elected. LA Weekly

Mayor Villaraigosa endorsed former aide Matt Szabo in the race for the 13th district seat on the City Council. KPCC


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he asked the city's three pension funds to end investments in companies that manufacture assault weapons. LAT

Federal racketeering and conspiracy charges against anti-gang activist Alex Sanchez were finally dropped at the request of federal prosecutors, who acknowledged that the original indictment contained "errors." More than three years facing charges has taken a big roll on his family. LAT, Witness LA

The investment bank founded by Thomas Weisel, the powerful Silicon Valley financier who bankrolled Lance Armstrong's cycling team, also managed assets for the head of cycling's governing body. WSJ

The IOC stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics and asked him to return it. AP

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board said that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to get a permit before clearing some acreage of trees and brush in Sepulveda Dam Basin. LAT, AP

City officials moved Wednesday to adopt a county measure requiring condoms in adult films, even though the new law is being challenged in court by a leading porn producer. DN, LA Weekly

After six years of prosecution, porn producer Ira Isaacs was sentenced to four years in prison for making raunch films that were deemed obscene. LAT, LA Weekly

DA Jackie Lacey tells Patt Morrison she predicted that OJ Simpson would be found not guilty. LAT op-ed

UCLA police released a sketch of a man suspected in the attempted sexual assault of a female student on a walkway between a parking structure and a campus building. City News Service

KWHY-22, MundoFox’s flagship station in Los Angeles, will be moving from downtown to a new location at Pico and La Brea in Mid-City. Media Moves

Actor Conrad Bain, best known to TV watchers for "Diff'rent Strokes" and "Maude," died at age 89 in the Bay Area. LAT

Today is the 19th anniversary of the 1994 Northridge (actually Reseda) earthquake.

LA Observed photo: Eric Garcetti talks with Daily News reporter Dakota Smith at Van Nuys Airport training school.

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Morning Buzz: Wednesday 4.16.14


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