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Maven's Morning Coffee: Skid Row ruling, politician's arrest, support for the California Science Center

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A federal court has ruled that city crews cannot remove the unattended possessions of homeless individuals living on Skid Row.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 6, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that prevents Los Angeles city officials from removing the possessions of homeless individuals from city streets, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Were it otherwise, the government could seize and destroy any illegally parked car or unlawfully unattended dog," Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw wrote for the majority.

Former Alameda County Supervisor Nadia Lockyer was arrested in Orange County for drug possession and child abuse after authorities discovered methamphetamine in a home she shared with her son, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nadia Lockyer is the estranged wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

Scammers are showing up on people's front doorsteps and impersonating DWP crews, according to City News Service. The imposters tell customers their bills are overdue and then ask for their bank account or credit card information.

A Los Angeles Times editorial supports the California Science Center's plan to cut down hundreds of city trees in order to move the Space Shuttle Endeavour. "Broken heat-shield tiles could not be replaced because they're not made anymore, but trees are an ever-renewable resource, and Los Angeles will soon have 250 or so more of them," according to the paper.

Where to Find the Politicians

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will attend the opening of the Boyle Hotel-Cummings Block, a mixed-use development with affordable housing. 1781 E. First St.

Meetings

9:30 a.m. Ethics Commission, City Hall, room 1060

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Announcements

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