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Maven's Morning Coffee: welfare costs, dust mitigation in Owens Lake, Villaraigosa on MSNBC

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Additional dust mitigation efforts in Owens Lake could cost the Department of Water and Power $400 million a year.

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Today is Monday, June 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson may have suffered a seizure when he hit two vehicles in San Gabriel Saturday, reports KPCC.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sat down with MSNBC to talk about the nation's mayors and plans for the Democratic National Convention.

The number of welfare cases in Los Angeles County has surged and officials are looking for ways to reduce costs, reports the Los Angeles Times. A report from the auditor-controller founds $850,000 a year could be saved by verifying whether recipients in fact live in Los Angeles County.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wraps up his tenure with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Councilman Mitch Englander turns the VICA dinner into a roast.

The Department of Water and Power is in a dispute with the Owens Lake community over efforts to reduce dust storms, according to the Los Angeles Times. A new order from the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control District could cost the utility another $400 million a year.

Where to Find the Politicians

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will announce grant funding for the Broadway Arts Center at the Los Angeles Theatre at 9 a.m.

Meetings

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

  • Review of year-end status report on fiscal year 2011-12
  • Report on a long-term capital plan

Announcements

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