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Maven's Morning Coffee: Zev out of mayor's race, LA fails to punish scofflaw banks

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will not run for mayor. "Simply put, it’s time for a new generation of leaders to emerge and guide this region into the future," he said. The announcement was made in a statement posted to Yaroslavsky's website.

The city of Los Angeles has failed to fine banks for allowing foreclosed properties to become blighted, according to the Daily News. Under city law, banks are supposed to be fined $1,000 a day if properties fall into disrepair. Building and Safety does not have enough inspectors to check on homes and fine the banks, reports the newspaper.

"Which Way, L.A.?" takes a look at the changing face of downtown.

A clerk with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation is under administrative review after he was found to have pornographic films stashed under his desk, reports the Los Angeles Times. A spokesman for the department says it is not a criminal matter.

The widow of slain SWAT Officer Randy Simmons has written a book about her husband's life, reports the Daily Breeze. "He had compassion for the lost, the lonely, the sick, the poor, and the brokenhearted," Lisa Simmons writes.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the 50 Parks Initiative at 49th Street Park playground at 10 a.m. He will visit the Summer Night Lights program at Valley Plaza Recreation Center at 7 p.m. Between 5 and 5:30 p.m., he will appear on MSNBC.

Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz will be at Thomas Starr King Middle School at 12:30 p.m. to talk about LAUSD's decision to stop using polystyrene food trays

Meetings

8:30 a.m. City Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Consideration of redevelopment at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Century City

Announcements

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