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Maven's Morning Coffee: term limits, Expo Line, sidewalk repairs

Expo Line Test Run

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Safety ambassadors along the Expo Line are trying to change the behaviors of drivers and pedestrians, who are not used to the presence of the new light rail line.

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Today is Thursday, May 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The LA Weekly looks at term limits and how one politician, Richard Alarcon, has managed to stay in office by bouncing between state and local government. "Incumbents wield so much power in name recognition, and they typically out-raise challengers in campaign fundraising, that, as anti-incumbent as we [Californians] are, we often vote for the person we know," said Jessica Levinson, a professor at Loyola Law School.

LA Streetsblog shadowed a safety ambassador along the Expo Line. According to Metro, it takes nine months to change motorists' and pedestrians' behaviors on the road.

Over at "Which Way, L.A.?" Los Angeles City Councilmen Jose Huizar and Paul Koretz joined City News Service reporter Richie Duchon to talk about the city's plans to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Los Angeles City Council opposed a state bill that would make municipalities responsible for fixing broken sidewalks, reports the Daily News.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give remarks at the Pat Brown Institute's 31st annual Awards Dinner at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel at 7:30 p.m.

Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti will join fire Chief Brian Cummings to open Fire Station 82 in Hollywood at 10 a.m. LaBonge will then celebrate "World No Tobacco Day 2012" in the Rotunda of City Hall at 2 p.m.

Meetings

2:30 p.m. Community Redevelopment Agency/Designated Local Authority, Garland Center, first floor training room

  • Discussion on appointing legal counsel for the oversight board

Announcements

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