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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's identification cards, Villaraigosa to Iowa, Convention Center costs escalate

The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to issue identification cards that would allow illegal immigrants to open bank accounts.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering a proposal to issue identification cards that would allow illegal immigrants to open bank accounts. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The city of Los Angeles is considering a plan to provide library cards that illegal immigrants could use as a form of identification, reports the Los Angeles Times. The cards would allow residents to open bank accounts, but they could not be substituted for a driver’s license.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will give the keynote address at the Jefferson Jackson Dinner in Des Moines next month, reports the Associated Press. Five years ago, Barack Obama and the entire Democratic presidential field attended the dinner.

The cost of building the Convention Center's Pico Hall has been substantially underestimated, the Daily News reports. The estimated cost has increased from $275 million to $358 million. The new costs are expected to be discussed by the Ad Hoc Committee on the Proposed Downtown Stadium on Thursday.

A Los Angeles Times editorial makes the case for finding a cheaper way to log the city's broken sidewalks than the proposed $10 million, three-year plan. "We're not sure how well a grass-roots survey would work, but let's consider it a cost-efficient experiment in techno-age civic duty," according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the Los Angeles Fire Department's 9/11 memorial ceremony at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center at 10 a.m. At noon, the mayor will be at a Carmageddon news conference at Hollywood and Highland.


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

  • Appointment to the Board of Transportation Commissioners
  • Recommendation to reduce the public hearing period allowed for the Farmers Field project

1:30 p.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on Narcotics Analysis Laboratory fund

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Audit review of DWP's purchasing card program

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Discussion on streetscaping around USC


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