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Today is Tuesday, May 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
A USC professor of engineering says the safety at three Expo Line crossings is "woefully inadequate," according to the Los Angeles Times. "I cannot stress enough the importance of developing a safety culture at MTA," Najmedin Meshkati told the newspaper. Officials with Metro and the Public Utilities Commission say the crossings all meet or exceed industry standards.
The Los Angeles Times' Jim Newton looks at the mayoral campaign of Wendy Greuel. "Her strength, as she herself says, is less one of vision than of competence," Newton writes.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Republicans try to get noticed in races dominated by Democrats, Supervisor Mike Antonovich takes a swing at Lucy Jones, and Councilman Tom LaBonge requests a little Chuck Berry.
9 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060
- Report on coordinating with the county to establish rules for civic parks
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Recommendation to approve the city's budget resolution
1 p.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room
- Recommendation to ask voters whether the county assessor should be an appointed position
- Report on how to handle a vacancy in the assessor's office
2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350
- Report on regulating medical marijuana businesses
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