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Maven's Morning Coffee: redistricting lawsuit, Olympics at City Hall, a trip to Grand Park

A federal lawsuit has been filed against City Hall in an effort to block the new redistricting maps from taking effect.
A federal lawsuit has been filed against City Hall in an effort to block the new redistricting maps from taking effect. California Historical Society/USC Digital Archives

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 1, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

As expected, a group of Koreatown residents have sued the city over the new redistricting maps. The lawsuit claims that lines were improperly drawn to protect African-American seats, to the detriment of efforts to elect an Asian-American to the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News.

Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times took a dip in the new Grand Park fountain with Supervisor Gloria Molina. "... [A]s a professional curmudgeon, I'm contractually obligated to point out that in a city short on green and long on asphalt, they've built a park that will be surrounded by vehicles and broken up in two places by traffic," he writes.

Yahoo! News asks whether Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be the country's first Latino president. In short -- no. Villaraigosa still wants to be governor of California, he tells the website.

Employees in Los Angeles City Hall have been told to stop watching the Olympics via the Web, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development, City Hall, room 1010

  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report on the numbers of chronically homeless individuals

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

  • Recommendation to add Armenian to the city ballot
  • Recommendation to support state bill to extend Measure R

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

  • DWP report on water conservation programs

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