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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA councilman uses medical marijuana, trash rates reduced for seniors, money problems in Duarte

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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 Tuesday, July 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The city of Duarte is considering declaring a fiscal emergency, which would allow officials to put a sales tax increase in front of voters, according to the Los Angeles Times. There are no plans to declare bankruptcy, the mayor said.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl told the Los Angeles Times he uses medical marijuana to curb the pain of neuropathy. Pro-medical marijuana advocates have donated $16,000 to the reelection campaigns of Rosendahl and Councilman Paul Koretz, according to the newspaper.

More low-income seniors and disabled Angelenos could receive reduced trash rates under a plan being considered by the Budget and Finance Committee, reports the Daily News.

The Daily News editorial page calls out Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti for pledging not to accept money from Walmart, and then accepting a donation from a Walmart employee. The editorial board suggests Garcetti take a page from Jesse Unruh and his position on resisting lobbyists' pressures: "If you can't eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women and then vote against them, you have no business being up here."

KCRW's "Which Way, L.A." looks at inmate abuse in Los Angeles County's jails.

Mayoral candidate Kevin James appeared on the The Adam Carolla Show to talk about his run for office.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Recommendation to support AB 1446, which would allow for Measure R extension
  • Recommendation to update the rules of the L.A. City Council

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

  • Recommendation to approve ballot measure extending term limits

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

  • Update on use of conditional official reprimands

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

  • Recommendation to create tax district for downtown streetcar
  • Recommendation to confirm appointment to the Board of Fire Commissioners

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Recommendation to confirm appointment to Planning Commission
  • Status report on Boyle Heights Community Plan

Announcements

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