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Maven's Morning Coffee: Berman and Sherman debate, Carmen Trutanich donates money, LA promotes safe sex

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Today is Friday, Aug. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman were booed Wednesday as they debated one another in the San Fernando Valley, reports the Daily News. "The barbs underscored the growing tension between the two 30th Congressional District candidates, and the negative turn taken in the race since Sherman beat Berman by 10 points in the primary," according to the newspaper.

Los Angeles city officials are trying to figure out the best way to monitor whether adult film actors are wearing condoms during shoots, reports the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles County residents will vote on a similar measure in November and, if approved, that would put the county in charge of enforcement.

Elected officials take different paths to disclosing medical problems, reports KPCC. In light of his recent diagnosis, L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl released a video thanking constituents for their well wishes.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich delivered $30,000 to LA's BEST as part of a 2009 pledged to donate $100,000 if he ran for another office while serving as city attorney. The donation came after the LA Weekly noted he missed his Aug. 12 deadline.

Where to Find the Politicians

Los Angeles City Council members Jan Perry, Bernard Parks, Tony Cardenas and Joe Buscaino will announce their support for Proposition 35 at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.


8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Consideration of changes to the city's campaign finance laws

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

  • Motion encouraging Los Angeles to host another Olympic Games


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