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Maven's Morning Coffee: Alarcon's preliminary hearing goes on, while Yaroslavsky stays out of mayor's race

City Councilman Richard Alarcon

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One of L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon's neighbors testified that it appeared no one lived at the official residence from 2006 to 2009.

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Today is Friday, Aug. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

At Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon's preliminary hearing, a neighbor testified that it appeared no one lived at the councilman's official residence from 2006 to 2009, according to the Los Angeles Times. The neighbor told a downtown courtroom that trash bins were not placed outside, weeds would grow tall, and there were rarely any cars at the home.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's decision not to run for mayor leaves a hole and gives the candidates space not to answer tough questions on the city's budget, a Los Angeles Times editorial says. "It is the responsibility of those who run to address these issues, even without a rival to force the debate," according to the piece.

Meanwhile, Yaroslavsky talked to KPCC's AirTalk about his decision to stay out of the race. "I'm not sure I'm going to miss anything, to be honest with you. In life, you change jobs, you change careers, you retire ... and you move on," he told Larry Mantle.

Some members of the Board of Supervisors spent thousands of dollars on chauffeured cars during a lobbying trip to Washington, D.C., reports the LA Weekly. The information was discovered by member of the public who is a frequent critic of the board.

A video of a beautiful Los Angeles.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • LAPD report on the fingerprint backlog
  • Appointment to the Board of Police Commissioners

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

  • Recommendation to approve $20,000 for a video of former Mayor Tom Bradley
  • Resolution congratulating London on hosting the Olympics

Announcements

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