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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa talks VP picks, Occupy LA takes over Art Walk, Eli Broad withholds MOCA funds

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly breaks down the financial scandal at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who is chairing the Democratic National Convention, tells The Huffington Post that then-Gov. Sarah Palin was more qualified than Sen. Marco Rubio to be vice president. "They've got limited options. They could go with Cain, they could go with Santorum, they could go with Perry. What can I tell you? They've got a slim bench," he tells the website.

Occupy LA protesters, who plan to do another chalking demonstration at tonight's Art Walk, are locked in a conflict with the Los Angeles Police Department over conditions on Skid Row, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Philanthropist Eli Broad is withholding scheduled payments from the Museum of Contemporary Art, reports BusinessWeek. The money will be given when MOCA representatives make use of unspent exhibition funds.

KPCC's Off-Ramp takes a look at Los Angeles' 32nd Mayor George Edward Cryer. His administration oversaw the building of City Hall, the Central Library and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He is also known as one of the city's most corrupt politicians.

Good Morning America features the Los Angeles City Council's new regulations on skateboard bombing.


8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, City Hall, room 350

  • Zone changes to 57 parcels of undeveloped residential land for the purpose of creating public open space

9:30 a.m. Ethics Commission, City Hall, room 1060

  • Proposed changes to the city's campaign finance ordinance


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