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Maven's Morning Coffee: pension reforms, Housing Authority salary, hope for Prop 29

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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 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The head of the city's Housing Authority will make $260,000 a year -- about $100,000 more than a cap set by the federal government, reports the Los Angeles Times. The agency's former executive director pulled in about $600,000 a year in his position.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to see more action on his efforts to improve the city's pension system, according to the Daily News. By July 1, the mayor wants to see his proposals, which include increasing the retirement age, capping benefits and requiring larger contributions from employees, in place.

Supporters of Proposition 29 are holding out hopes that the ballot measure will pass once all of the votes are in, according to the Los Angeles Times. The tobacco tax measure is losing by about 53,000 votes. The Secretary of State's Office is still counting absentee and provisional ballots.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy Graduation at USC at 10 a.m.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Discussion on banning medical marijuana dispensaries

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

  • Appointment to the Board of Fire and Police Pension Commissioners
  • Recommendation to fund improvements at Sylmar Fight Park


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