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Maven's Morning Coffee: extension of Measure R, criticism in the mayor's race, a talk with Eli Broad

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


A Los Angeles Times editorial questions the wisdom of extending Measure R to pay for public transportation projects. "It's true that (Angelenos will) also still be enjoying the benefits of the infrastructure already built, but the open-ended nature of limitless taxing and borrowing created by the tax extension is worrisome," according to the newspaper.

Billionaire Eli Broad talked to "Which Way, L.A.?" about his new book, Eli Broad: the Art of Being Unreasonable.

Mayoral candidate Kevin James wrote a Huffington Post op-ed attacking his opponent Controller Wendy Greuel for failing to keep the city's fiscal (and ethical) house in order. "Research reveals that a climate of discontent developed early in the Controller's term and continued throughout her tenure. Now the city is nearly bankrupt," according to James.

Los Angeles County community clinics received $7 million from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, reports the Los Angeles Times.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Confirmation of police commissioner
  • Report on creating text message warning system for earthquakes

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

  • Recommendation to reimburse expenses related to the Redistricting Commission
  • Recommendation to appoint new general manager for Fire and Police Pensions


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