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Maven's Morning Coffee: helicopter noise, fight in AD 50, perks for Coliseum Commission

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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 Thursday, May 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Four members of the Coliseum Commission occupied a suite at the Sports Arena last month to watch a sold-out Bruce Springsteen concert, reports the Los Angeles Times. Each of the men say they paid $100 for the privilege, though the box could have gone for $5,000 to concertgoers not associated with the public commission.

The LA Weekly looks at the state Assembly race in the 50th District, which includes Santa Monica. West Hollywood and Malibu. The piece focuses on the two women running -- Torie Osborn and Betsy Butler. "In short, victory in the new 50th is like holding a winning ticket to California's political lottery," according to the piece.

California's lawmakers want the Federal Aviation Administration to host a public hearing and conduct a noise study on helicopter noise in Southern California, according to the Daily News. "I won't allow the issue of helicopter noise to be studied to death," said Rep. Howard Berman.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be interviewed live on Current TV's "The War Room" by former Vice President Al Gore and Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm between 6 p.m. and 6:20 p.m..

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will dedicate Solar LED Lights on the Los Angeles River Bikeway at 8:30 a.m. An hour later, he will remember city employees who died while on the job in a ceremony at City Hall. At 11:30 a.m., Councilman Bill Rosendahl will join the Bureau of Street Lighting to announce a solar panel program in Venice.


8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Discussion on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries

1 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Recommendation to approve budget resolutions


The chief of staff to L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar, Ana Cubas, will leave her position on June 29. Cubas is running for the city council's Ninth District.

The Pat Brown Institute will host its 31st annual awards dinner on May 31 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. The honorees will be Jaime Regalado, George David Kieffer and John Mack. More details here.

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