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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 Tuesday, May 22, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A former Los Angeles County appraiser was arrested by investigators for allegedly lowering the assessed value on properties to persuade owners to make campaign contributions to Assessor John Noguez, reports KPCC. Scott Schenter was charged with 60 felony counts for allegedly slashing values by $172 million.

The Los Angeles City Council approved a $7.2 billion budget that increases parking fees, extends library hours and avoids layoffs for six months. Here are takes from the Daily News, Los Angeles Times, City News Service and KPCC.

The Los Angeles Times endorsed a proposal to ban plastic single-use bags in the city of Los Angeles. The issue will be before the Los Angeles City Council tomorrow.

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at the feud between the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and Democrats for Education Reform. "The answer is not to insist that Democrats stop calling themselves Democrats but rather for the party to rethink a stubborn and self-destructive commitment to the status quo, one that is both bad politics and harmful to children," Newton writes.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join Rep. Howard Berman in Sherman Oaks at 10:15 a.m. He will then attend the closing ceremony for Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at the Los Angeles Zoo.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon will announce a reward in a fatal hit-and-run case at 9:15 a.m. on the Spring Street steps of City Hall.

Meetings

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Recommendation to include tax agents in the county's lobbyist ordinance
  • Recommendation to approve a Local Hiring program for work at the Hall of Justice

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on selecting a vendor for the in-car video system

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

  • Recommendation to approve contract for elevator and escalator upgrades at LAX

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Recommendation to classify the Firestone Tire Building as an historic-cultural monument

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on creating an Economic Development Department

Announcements

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