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Maven's Morning Coffee: medical marijuana ban advances, Richard Riordan reaches out to Latino voters

A plan to ban medical marijuana clinics was approved by a Los Angeles City Council planning committee yesterday.
A plan to ban medical marijuana clinics was approved by a Los Angeles City Council planning committee yesterday. Photo by Dank Depot via Flickr Creative Commons

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Today is Wednesday, May 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Medical marijuana dispensaries would be banned under a proposal approved yesterday by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee, reports the Los Angeles Times. Patients could continue to obtain the drug via small collectives. The plan is opposed by Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who told the committee, "To ban it would be totally insane and throw it right back into the back alleys."

Former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan has launched a statewide radio campaign urging Latino voters to move to the Republican Party, reports the Daily News. Riordan has spent $43,000 of his own money on the spots just in time for the June 5 primary.

According to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll, 59 percent of Californians support Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to increases the sales tax and taxes on individuals making $250,000 or more, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on Foreclosure Registry Program
  • Report on overseeing the Housing Authority

9 a.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Discussion on funding Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs

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

  • Recommendation to oppose AB 2231, which would require cities to repair sidewalks
  • Recommendation to approve budget resolution for FY 2012-13

6 p.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, Lake View Terrace Recreation Center, community room

  • Discussion of equine issues

Announcements

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