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Maven's Morning Coffee: pension reform, Kings' celebration, sentencing for Democratic treasurer

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


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is prepared to place public pension referendums on next year's ballot, according to Reuters. "We're proposing it to the city council. If they don't pass it, we're going to put it on the ballot," he said in Florida at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting.

Sentencing for former Democratic treasurer Kinde Durkee has been pushed back to October, according to the Los Angeles Times. Durkee pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud. Authorities say she stole $7 million from more than 50 political clients.

The LA Weekly looks at how City Attorney Carmen Trutanich's campaign for district attorney fell apart. "Despite everything, Trutanich expected to finish first, and was stunned not to make the runoff. He was so unprepared, and so at odds with (political consultant John) Shallman, that he couldn't manage the perfunctory task of issuing a concession," according to the piece.

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson stole the show at the Kings' celebration. SB Nation has the video.

Where to Find the Politicians

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will announce plans to digitally preserve the Calle de la Eternidad mural at Fourth and Broadway in downtown at 9 a.m.

Controller Wendy Greuel will speak at UCLA Luskin's Commencement Ceremony at 9 a.m.


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

  • Recommendation to approve concession contracts at LAX
  • Report on Animal Services' wildlife program


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