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Maven's Morning Coffee: Pot shops stay open, City Hall gets a lactation room, Alex De Ocampo talks running for office

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Some medical marijuana clinic owners say they will defy the city of Los Angeles' pot shop ban and remain open past the Sept. 6 deadline.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The owners of some medical marijuana clinics say they will remain open even after the city of Los Angeles' pot shop ban takes effect on Sept. 6, reports the LA Weekly. Folks say they believe there will be court challenges and a referendum that will allow them to remain in business.

Former Mayor Jim Hahn was the judge who granted singer Sheryl Crow a restraining order against a man who threatened to shoot her, according to The Associated Press.

Los Angeles City Hall now has a lactation room, per City News Service.

Alex De Ocampo, a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District, talks about his decision to run for office. "I want to become one the great community leaders working hard and always trying my best. I know better days are coming for this district," he tells the Asian Journal.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will visit the Summer Night Lights program at Imperial Courts Recreation Center, Jordan Downs Recreation Center and Nickerson Gardens Recreation Center beginning at 7 p.m.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will help open ALMA Restaurant on Broadway at 6 p.m.

Meetings

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

  • Request for update on CRA art programs and projects

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

  • Recommendation to support SB 1221
  • Recommendation to approve commissioners to Airport and Cultural Heritage boards

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

  • DWP status report on feed-in tariff program

Announcements

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