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Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Alarcon goes to court, Wendy Greuel gets support in the Valley

Councilman Probe

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A preliminary hearing for L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon will get underway this morning. He is charged with perjury and voter fraud for allegedly living outside of his city council district.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon's preliminary hearing gets underway this morning. He is facing 18 felonies, including perjury and voter fraud, for allegedly living outside of his city council district. "Obviously this is not something good to hang over your head when you are running for election. He’d rather not have to go through the bother of this at all. But we’ll take it one step at a time," Alarcon's attorney, Fred Woocher, told the Los Angeles Times.

Controller and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel released a list of supporters based in the San Fernando Valley. "Yet to be heard from in the mayor's race are many leaders in the heavily Latino eastern half of the Valley. The Valley is represented by a number of elected Latinos, including city council members Richard Alarcon and Tony Cardenas, and Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, and none of them are on Greuel's list," reports LAObserved.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich filed an injunction against 17 prolific scalpers, ordering them to stay away from venues like Dodger Stadium and the Coliseum, according to the Los Angeles Times. "These scalpers rip off unsuspecting fans, hurt legitimate businesses and deprive the city of taxes owed to it, which ultimately harms all city residents," Trutanich said.

Where to Find the Politicians

L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino will begin removing parking meters in San Pedro at 9 a.m.

L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti will dedicate Ian Campbell Square at the intersection of Carlos and Gower streets in Hollywood at 1:30 p.m.


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

  • Resolution to support state bill that calls for more restrictions on fake guns


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