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LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara hopes to be the next councilman of the Ninth District, which includes Staples Center. So far he has outraised all of his opponents.
LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara hopes to be the next councilman of the Ninth District, which includes Staples Center. So far he has outraised all of his opponents. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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 Tuesday, Aug. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


LAPD Deputy Chief Terry Hara has raised $117,000 in his bid to be the next councilman of Los Angeles' Ninth District. The Downtown News takes a look at his candidacy. "For the Ninth District, with the ethnic makeup, if they elect a Japanese American, it’s a statement in and of itself that maybe Los Angeles has gone beyond ethnic politics," Hara says.

The Los Angeles City Council is considering whether to building parklets, which are parking spot-sized parks, reports LA Streetsblog. "The four parklets would join the Sunset Triangle Plaza as examples of the city making use of its abundance of curb-side parking to create open space for all residents," according to the website.

A Los Angeles Times editorial urges Sheriff Lee Baca to release records on illegal immigrants who were held in Los Angeles County jails. " ...[T]he questions are whether those undocumented immigrants who are held spend far longer in custody than required and at what cost to taxpayers. It's time for Baca to release the records that will help answer those questions," according to the newspaper.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa previews the Democratic National Convention for KQED.

Native Angeleno takes a tongue-in-cheek look at which Los Angeles neighborhoods want to leave city limits.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will present a donation to LA's BEST at 10 a.m. at Euclid Elementary School. At 7 p.m., he will speak at a Los Angeles County Democrats event in Burbank.


8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on citywide parklet program

9:30 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Verbal report on the Information and Data Analysis Task Force

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on policing with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Discussion on state budget impacts

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

  • Discussion on civilian pension reform

1 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on contributing funds to the neighborhood council elections

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on allowing big-box retailers in the Chinatown area
  • Report on development around USC

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Recommendation to prohibit sale of bred animals at pet shops


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