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Maven's Morning Coffee: pot shop ban gets mayor's signature, USC gets Schwarzenegger Institute

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced he has cancer and will begin treatments immediately, reports KPCC.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the city's ban on medical marijuana shops, which means the law will take effect in 30 days, according to the Daily News. "We look forward to a clarification from the state Supreme Court on this vague and ambiguous law so the city can effectively plan for the future," the mayor said.

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and USC will partner to create the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, according to the Los Angeles Times. The think tank will focus on finding bipartisan solutions to environmental problems, economic policy and political reform.

On KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" District Attorney Steve Cooley talks about the death penalty.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will discuss Carmageddon II on the Skirball Center Drive onramp at 10 a.m.

Los Angeles City Council members Jan Perry and Jose Huizar will break ground on the Spring Street Park at 9 a.m.




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