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Maven's Morning Coffee: DCFS disaster, Sherman photoshops mom, Trutanich campaign hits pause

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In his race against Rep. Howard Berman, Rep. Brad Sherman photoshopped his own mother out of campaign mailers that were sent to voters.

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Today is Wednesday, May 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A Department of Children and Family Services building intended to serve as emergency housing has turned into a "dumping ground" where children openly use drugs, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We're going to have a child die there. Someone is going to get hurt, and it's going to be our responsibility," Supervisor Gloria Molina told the newspaper.

The Natural Resources Defense Council, which had supported AEG's plans to build Farmers Field, now says the environmental impact report failed to analyze the health risks that would be created by the increased amount of traffic generated by the stadium, reports the Los Angeles Times.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich suspended part of his campaign for district attorney Tuesday after his 91-year-old mother was hospitalized, reports KPCC. Trutanich is declining media interviews and new engagements, though he remains commitment to previously scheduled events, according to his spokesman.

Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman are fighting over who is more responsible for the recent expansion of the San Diego (405) Freeway, reports the Daily News. "Whether voters even care about who secured the funding isn't certain," according to the paper.

Meanwhile, Rep. Brad Sherman told reporters he photoshopped his own mother out of some mailers to get free publicity for his campaign, according to BuzzFeed Politics. The mailer that featured Sherman's mother was sent to Jewish voters, reports the Jewish Journal.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Harbor Business Source Center grand opening in San Pedro at 9 a.m.

Meetings

9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Discussion on creation of Economic Development Department

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

  • Discussion and vote on banning single-use plastic bags

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on logistics of moving Space Shuttle Endeavor

Announcements

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