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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times, Hollywood developments, proposed ban on sodas

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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 Wednesday, June 20, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The man in charge of straightening out the Los Angeles Fire Department's response times says he was never given the resources to do his job, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There has to be a complete overhaul of the mentality of the command staff of why this is in place. Being partly right does not work in this business," said Jeffrey Godown.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander wants to ban soft drinks in the city's parks and libraries, according to the Daily News. The city's chief legislative analyst will consider the proposal and return in 45 days with recommendations.

A new community plan that will guide development in the Hollywood area was approved by the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The plan's most significant change is an increase in the ratios of what can be built relative to lot size in the heart of Hollywood, especially near Metro Red Line subway stops," according to the piece.

A Metro committee will vote tomorrow on whether to place an extension of Measure R on the November ballot, reports the Daily News. The transit agency is earmarking $10 million to place the half-penny sales tax on the ballot.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the opening of the Expo Line Culver City station at 9 a.m., followed by the Architectural Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton at 11:45 a.m. In the evening, he will speak at the annual Cultural Heritage Month closing ceremony at City Hall.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will lead a Summer Solstice Sunset Hike at Griffith Park at 6 p.m. Participants should meet at the north end of the Griffith Observatory parking lot.

Meetings

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

  • Recommendation to give final approval to new maps of city council districts
  • Recommendation to approve contract for free WiFi at LAX

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on the Office of Public Accountability

Announcements

The Central City Association’s Estela Lopez will be at the L.A. City Council meeting to receive a city proclamation for the group's Check-In Center program.

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