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Maven's Morning Coffee: investigation into assessor expands, LA approves Responsible Banking Ordinance

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Today is Wednesday, May 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


An investigation into the county assessor is growing as the district attorney intends to seek grand jury indictments, according to the Los Angeles Times. D.A. Steve Cooley says county employees are being told by their union leadership not to cooperate with the investigation. "They're telling potential witnesses that, until they get permission from the No. 1 target, they can't talk," he said.

Banks doing business with the city of Los Angeles will now have to disclose details on their loans and foreclosures in the community thanks to a Responsible Banking Ordinance, reports the Los Angeles Times. Those details, which are already reported under federal law, will now appear on a city website that residents can search by census tract.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is calling for an investigation into the disappearance of his personnel file from the district attorney's office. The only problem? The LA Weekly says Trutanich knew about the missing file when he ran for office in 2009. "At the time, Steve Cooley was Trutanich's most influential supporter, and would have had no reason to suppress evidence of Trutanich's heroics, had there been any," according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be interviewed live on MSNBC between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. He will then give the keynote address at the Affordable Housing Preservation Summit at the Sheraton in downtown.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz will recognize the show "House" during this morning's city council meeting at City Hall. Councilman Tom LaBonge, meanwhile, will recognize "My Three Sons."


10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Recommendation to approve appointment to the Ethics Commission
  • Report on regulation of medical marijuana clinics

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Verbal update on the DWP's power rate increase


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