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Maven's Morning Coffee: tough questions for mayoral candidates, DCFS, dependency courts

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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 Monday, June 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, the L.A. City Council prepares for final approval of new district lines and Councilman Jose Huizar plans to stay around the horseshoe for another six years. 

In an op-ed for the Daily News, former mayoral candidate Austin Beutner calls on candidates to answer tough questions about the future of the city. Beutner also pushes journalists to treat the race as something other than a reality TV show. "We don't lack for vision in Los Angeles -- we lack for leadership with the experience and commitment to get things done," he writes. 

Efforts to reform the Department of Children and Family Services have stalled, reports the Los Angeles Times. The director of the office wants social workers to spend more time on assignments before requesting a transfer. "This should not devolve into a tussle between management and the union," said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas

The Los Angeles Times' Jim Newton looks at dependency courts and the impact of having a case drag on for more than a year. "In dependency court, that injustice has been inflicted all too commonly, without any accountability for those responsible," Newton writes. 

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Los Angeles Food and Wine Check Presentation to St. Vincent's Meal on Wheels at WP24 at 9:45 a.m. At 11 a.m., he will be at Crenshaw and Exposition boulevards for a ceremony related to the Metro Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor Project.


10:30 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium and Convention Center Renovation, City Hall, room 1010

  • Verbal presentation of the environmental impact report for Farmers Field

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on funding contracts for outside counsel
  • Report on increasing the documentary transfer tax
  • Report on adding Armenian as a language on city ballots


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