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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAUSD harassment lawsuit, analysis of Yaroslavsky decision, construction at community college district

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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 Monday, Aug. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton calls Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky's decision not to run for mayor a familiar end to a familiar saga. "It's pretty obvious that there's a part of Yaroslavsky that wants to be running. And yet he's been locked in this quandary for many, many years — certainly not wanting to face the prospect of losing but also worried at some level about winning," Newton writes.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, political insiders wonder if Rick Caruso will run for mayor, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares for two political conventions, and the "undecideds" rule the race for district attorney.

The Daily News talked to the man who is suing former LAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines for sexual harassment. "In an instant, your world changes. I used to be so self-confident and I believed I could do anything. And (then) I started to stutter. I couldn't sleep ... And also the fear that I couldn't tell anybody because it was such a good ol' boy system," Scot Graham told the newspaper.

Following a moratorium, the Los Angeles Community College District has resumed its $6 billion building project, reports the Los Angeles Times. "People were much more frugal with their remaining funds. There was a tremendous amount of building initially; and now that there are finite sums left, they are taking a real hard look at prioritizing projects," the district's executive director for facilities planning and development said.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Tampa. He will appear on cable news throughout the day.


9 a.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Resolution regarding the Long Beach (710) Freeway

9:30 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on the design of the new convention hall

10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Appointments to the Board of the Los Angeles Convention Center and Harbor Commission
  • Report on center's management structure

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on AB 1484
  • Report on recommendations from the Commission on Revenue Efficiency


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