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Maven's Morning Coffee: Coliseum fallout, pension reform, funds for the homeless

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly takes a look at how L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks attempted to derail USC's lease with the Coliseum in an effort to hang onto power. "Assuming the lease goes through, Parks will have lost three levers of power in the space of a year," according to the paper, which points out that Parks' district was redrawn and he lost his seat as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.

Former Mayor Richard Riordan and members of the business community want to cap city workers' salaries and give pension oversight back to voters. Here are takes from the Los Angeles Times, Daily News and KPCC.

Los Angeles County will spend $105 million to move chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing, reports the Los Angeles Times. While the chronically homeless account for one-quarter of the homeless population, they require a disproportionate amount of public dollars. "What we want to do is a more intelligent way to invest in the homeless, not to have temporary solutions," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

A congressional hearing is considering a plan to replace the federal courthouse on Spring Street, reports KPCC. Rep. Jeff Denham believes building a new courthouse would be a waste of money, calling it a "plan to spend $400 million to create vacant space."

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce the Made in LA Pavilion at 10 a.m. At 7 p.m., he will speak at the Boyle Heights Tech Youth Center sixth annual Community Awards Gala.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon will discuss sidewalk improvements in Mission Hills at 9:30 a.m.




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