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Maven's Morning Coffee: Villaraigosa on immigration, fast track for Farmers Field, Chinatown Walmart heads to court

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Today is Friday, Sept. 7, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa used the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention to knock Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on his immigration stance, reports the Los Angeles Times. "Instead of supporting their dream, Gov. Romney wants to make life so miserable, so oppressive, so intolerable for them that they would leave behind the life they've built, leave their children behind and 'self-deport'," the mayor told the crowd in Charlotte.

Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry wants to speed up the approval process for the Farmers Field stadium, according to the Daily News. The city council could vote by Sept. 28. "Angelenos need these jobs now; delaying construction by a year or more is not acceptable," Perry said.

A Los Angeles Times editorial supports a court decision that prevents city officials from removing the possessions of the homeless from city streets. "Surely the city of Los Angeles can find a balance between the need to keep its streets clean and safe and the rights of homeless people to hold on to their belongings without wasting time and money on futile litigation," according to the editorial.

Attorneys for labor and Walmart will be in court this morning to argue over a temporary restraining order that would shutdown construction on the market going in in Chinatown. KPCC's AirTalk talked to both sides.

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake struck this morning in Beverly Hills, per KPCC.




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