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Maven's Morning Coffee: Grand Park opening, Republican Party decline, Villaraigosa defense

The Downtown News looks at how Supervisor Gloria Molina's stubbornness made Grand Park a reality.
The Downtown News looks at how Supervisor Gloria Molina's stubbornness made Grand Park a reality. Alice Walton/KPCC

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 Tuesday, July 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The 12-acre Grand Park will open on Thursday, thanks in no small part to the stubbornness of county Supervisor Gloria Molina, reports the Downtown News. The supervisor demanded that developers with the Grand Avenue project front the money for the public park. "Five years later, with construction financing still out of reach for its planned $2 billion mega project, Related has not put a single shovel into Grand Avenue dirt. Thanks to that $50 million up-front payment and nearly $7 million in accrued interest, however, the park is almost done," according to the newspaper.

The New York Times looks at the sorry state of the Republican Party in California. "It’s no longer a statewide party. They are down to 30 percent, which makes it impossible to win a statewide election. You just can’t get enough crossover voters," said one Republican consultant.

KPCC goes to Chinatown to ask residents about their shopping habits in light of Walmart's effort to open at Grand and Cesar Chavez avenues. Business owners also express concern that the mega-store will put them out.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky responds to Jim Newton's Los Angeles Times column on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his lack of accomplishments. "Villaraigosa single-handedly willed America Fast Forward into law ... That this bill did not include all the money required to fund L.A.'s pending transit projects was not surprising. That America Fast Forward was included in the bill at any level, however, was nothing short of miraculous," Yaroslavsky wrote in a letter to the editor.

Meetings

9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on city's vehicle maintenance system

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Consideration of a charter amendment to extend term limits
  • Consideration of a ballot measure requiring adult film performers to wear condoms on camera

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Verbal report on strategies in the North Hollywood area

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

  • Discussion on proposed ban of medical marijuana clinics
  • Approval of new city librarian

2 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on funding 2012 neighborhood council elections

Announcements

Tweet of the Day goes to Los Angeles Times reporter Joel Rubin, who got lyrical about a fight involving Michael Jackson's mother.

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