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Maven's Morning Coffee: Bernard Parks responds to LA Weekly, LAPD commanding officer demoted, criticism over LAFD's billing

Councilman Bernard Parks had harsh criticism for an LA Weekly story on his role in the Coliseum Commission scandal.
Councilman Bernard Parks had harsh criticism for an LA Weekly story on his role in the Coliseum Commission scandal.

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Today is Thursday, Aug. 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks responds to the LA Weekly's recent story on the Coliseum Commission. "The only thing this story 'decoded' was what some commission members and staff have been adolescently gossiping about for months. I don't know whether it was Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy or Dopey who spoon-fed him all of the half truths, but at least (reporter Gene) Maddaus was courageous enough to attach his name to his countless misguided thoughts instead of cowering in secrecy," the councilman wrote in a letter to the editor.

A commanding officer in the LAPD's Foothill Division has been relieved of duty because of his handling of a use-of-force case, reports the Daily News. "Every Los Angeles police officer regardless of rank will be held accountable for their actions," said police Chief Charlie Beck.

LAObserved rips into city officials for sending ambulance bills to the families of two Good Samaritans who rushed the scene of a car crash, but were electrocuted and killed. "How about instead of a press conference for the cameras, (Councilman Paul) Krekorian quietly announces that he'll ask the full council to quash the fees — and if the council won't or can't, he could offer to pay the bills out of his office slush fund," Kevin Roderick writes.

The city's trash pickup at multifamily and commercial properties should move to an exclusive franchise, two Los Angeles City Council committees voted last night. Writeups from the Daily News, Los Angeles Times and KPCC.

Where to Find the Politicians

L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian will announce fundraising efforts to defray ambulance bills for two women who were electrocuted last week in Valley Village. 3 p.m. at the northwest corner of Magnolia Boulevard and Ben Avenue.




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