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Maven's Morning Coffee: pension reform, new taxes, ban at pet shops

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Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez surveyed the 2013 mayoral candidates on what they would do regarding pension reform.

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 Wednesday, Aug. 22, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez asked the city's mayoral candidates what they would do on pension reform and ended up getting some choice quotes from former Mayor Richard Riordan. "(Wendy) Greuel and (Eric) Garcetti are owned by the unions, and the only reason I'd support Zev is that [the unions] don't like him," he told The Times. Also, "When I announced I was going to run, my psychiatrist resigned."

Commercially-bred cats, dogs and rabbits would be banned from Los Angeles pet shops under a new law being considered by the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Daily News. L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon questions the city's ability to enforce the ban, should it take effect.

Parking and property tax increases could appear on Los Angeles' spring ballot, reports KPCC. The city's top budget officials recommends doubling the documentary transfer tax and increasing the city's parking tax by 5 percent. Both moves are efforts to reduce the city's structural deficit.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join Sen. Dianne Feinstein and HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan at noon for a media availability on housing. South Lawn of City Hall.

Meetings

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

  • Consideration of campaign finance reform measures

12:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Presentation from the ratepayer advocate regarding rate increases

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on creating parklets

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Appointment to the Board of Public Works
  • Report on sidewalk repairs

Announcements

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