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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD claim, Q&A with Garcetti, lawsuit in Bell

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A Los Angeles Police Department captain who was demoted following his handling of a use-of-force case in the Foothill Division has filed a claim against police Chief Charlie Beck, reports NBC 4. Capt. Joseph Hiltner says he was demoted and transferred without cause. Last week, Beck announced the captain would be disciplined for failing to discipline his own officers after they threw a handcuffed to the ground.

L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti does a Q&A with Los Angeles Magazine for his mayoral campaign. Asked whether there are folks who don't like him, Garcetti says he got pushback on the Silver Lake Meadow Park and CicLAvia. "There is nothing more unpopular than messing with someone’s street. You can say that it’s puppy dogs, but it’s not out there. It’s warfare. We’ve got big problems to solve," Garcetti says.

The city of Bell is suing its former police chief and seeking repayment of his $457,000 salary plus part of the $20 million the city lost as a result of misconduct, reports the Los Angeles Times. "All it would have taken was one person in authority to blow the whistle. Randy Adams could have been that one person," according to the city manager.

The NOH8 Campaign stopped by City Hall to photograph the mayor, city council members and staff. Here's a video montage of the shoot.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will perform with the LA Philharmonic next week at the Hollywood Bowl, per the Los Angeles Times. "My oboe playing would not get me on the stage of the Bowl today, but my voice can," he said.

Meetings

2:30 p.m. Coliseum Commission, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, board room

  • Update on USC lease
  • Review of conflict of interest code
  • Update on bringing the Space Shuttle Endeavour to the California Science Center

The Los Angeles City Council is on recess through Friday for the League of California Cities conference.

Announcements

Tweet of the Day is from a reality star who is headed to Charlotte for a little party.

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