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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times, more parking enforcement officers

A Los Angeles Times review of 911 dispatches found there is too much time between when a call is answered and when emergency units are sent to the scene.
A Los Angeles Times review of 911 dispatches found there is too much time between when a call is answered and when emergency units are sent to the scene. Frank Stoltze/KPCC

Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Friday, May 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times has found the Los Angeles Fire Department takes longer than the national standard to dispatch firefighters to emergencies. Last year, it took an average of 1 minute and 45 seconds from the time a 911 call was answered to the time an emergency unit was sent to the scene. First responders should be notified within one minute of the call at least 90 percent of the time, according to the Times.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation could have 50 additional part-time officers next year to issue parking tickets, according to the Daily News. That's in addition to a plan to increase all parking fines by at least $5, starting July 1.

In a letter to the Los Angeles Times, the president of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce responds to an article that found the business community has lost influence at City Hall. "The article missed the mark. Business is an aggressive advocate at City Hall and actively engaged in city elections," wrote Gary Toebben.

Proposition 28 on the June 5 ballot would reduce the overall time a politician can spend in the state Assembly and Senate from 14 years to 12 years, but it would allow the politicians to serve all of that time in one house, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We're still going to see greater numbers of teachers and doctors and business people serve in the Legislature, but we're also going to give them the ability to learn how to do their jobs without constant disruption," said Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at USC.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend graduation at the Police Academy at 9 a.m. 

Controller Wendy Greuel will present her findings on LAFD response times at 9 a.m. outside City Hall East.


8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Recommendation to add Armenian as an official language on election ballots

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


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