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Maven's Morning Coffee: city aide strikes pedestrian, state lawmakers take pay cut, LA marks 20 years of police reform

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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 Friday, June 1, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A longtime staffer to Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon struck and killed a pedestrian in March while driving a city-issued vehicle, reports the Daily News. Police have not yet determined who was at fault.

Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers will take a 5 percent pay cut, according to the Los Angeles Times. The reduction mirrors pay cuts imposed on other state employees.

In a Los Angeles Times op-ed, the head of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Raphael Sonenshein, marks the 20th anniversary of Charter Amendment F, which dramatically reformed the Los Angeles Police Department. On making the LAPD a more accountable agency, Sonenshein writes, "It took skilled political leadership, the well-regarded and influential Christopher Commission, and voters who endorsed change despite warnings that Charter Amendment F would make them less safe."

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in Council Chamber at 10 a.m. to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender American Heritage Month.


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

  • Report on the Autry Center and Southwest Museum
  • Recognition of LGBT Heritage Month


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