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Maven's Morning Coffee: Howard Berman fights for reelection, LA Times backs Walmart in Chinatown

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Rep. Howard Berman's campaign against Rep. Brad Sherman has forced the longtime politician to get aggressive in a way the public hasn't seen in years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Today is Monday, Aug. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he wants some time to reflect, Councilwoman Jan Perry says she's an outsider, and L.A.'s other elected officials head to Charlotte and San Diego for conventions.

Rep. Howard Berman has come out swinging in his reelection campaign against Rep. Brad Sherman, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new style is a change from the congressman's typically statesman-like behavior. "The turnabout is common underdog behavior, say politics watchers. It's also a sign of how badly Berman, who hasn't had a serious election fight since winning his first office (a state Assembly seat) four decades ago, wants to win," says the newspaper.

Plans to build an elder care facility in Woodland Hills have pitted Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine against his constituents, reports the Daily News. The councilman supports construction of the project, which residents say does not belong in a neighborhood area. The Planning and Land Use Management Committee will consider the project tomorrow.

A proposal that would allow the NFL to make the Rose Bowl its temporary home would have significant, negative impacts to the environment, according to a new report, says the Pasadena Star-News. However, hosting a team could result in millions of dollars in revenue for the city.

A Los Angeles Times editorial backs Walmart's proposal to open shop in Chinatown. "Here, Los Angeles has an opportunity to demonstrate that it can welcome businesses that fit into its own plans. Or it can, once again, show why it is so hard to persuade companies to create opportunities and jobs in this city," according to the piece.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Reappointment of Airport Commissioner
  • Reports on duty-free concession agreements

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • CAO report on increasing funds for outside attorneys


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