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Maven's Morning Coffee: Trutanich receives donations, South LA loses trees, John Deasy gets profiled

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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 Tuesday, Sept. 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Executives with Live Nation Entertainment have contributed $18,000 to City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, at a time when the city attorney is going after illegal scalpers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The donations date back to 2009.

About 400 trees will be chopped down in South Los Angeles so the Space Shuttle Endeavour can reach its new home at the California Science Center, according to the Los Angeles Times. "They are cutting down these really big, majestic trees. It will be beyond my lifetime before they will be tall like this again," said one Leimert Park resident.

The LA Weekly looks at the "rising stars" of the Democratic Party, including L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

Los Angeles Magazine profiles LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy. Article is available here.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge encourages Angelenos to continue hiking through Griffith Park, despite the presence of a mountain lion. "The odds of a mountain lion attack in Griffith Park are not great," he writes in the Los Feliz Ledger.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Charlotte, N.C. for the week for the Democratic National Convention.


8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Governmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on ballot measure for downtown streetcar

9:30 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Verbal report on the Information and Data Analysis Task Force

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

  • Reappointment of commissioner to pension board

1 p.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Discussion on prison realignment
  • Discussion on state budget impacts at the local level

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Recommendation to change salary range for DWP's chief investment officer


Instagram of the Day goes to Councilman Joe Buscaino.

The Asian Pacific American Legislative Staff Network and Los Angeles Chapter of Young Government Leaders will host a mixer on Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Far Bar in Little Tokyo.

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