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The Los Angeles City Council is in a dispute over whether to ban medical marijuana clinics in the city.
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Today is Thursday, May 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles City Council is divided over how to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries, with Councilman Jose Huizar calling for a complete ban and Councilman Paul Koretz asking that some shops remain operational, reports the Daily News. Koretz called Huizar's proposal, "a vicious, heartless ban," according to the newspaper.
Seven deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department were placed on leave on suspicion they belong to a group that celebrates shootings, reports the Los Angeles Times. Internal affairs is looking into whether the deputies violated the Sheriff's Department's rules.
The Port of Los Angeles saw its business increase 14.5 percent last month compared to the same time last year, according to the Daily Breeze. A spokesman for the port said the increase in traffic may be a sign that consumer confidence is on the rise.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at the California Science Center at 11 a.m. He will speak at the Central City Association Treasures of Los Angeles Awards Ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure at noon, and at the Los Angeles NAACP 98th Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Awards Gala at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian will break ground on a pocket park in North Hollywood at 9 a.m.
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