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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAUSD evaluations, LA's identification cards, Walmart releases a video

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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 Wednesday, Sept. 12, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Los Angeles Unified School District approved a proposal that will look at student achievement when evaluating principals, reports the Los Angeles Times. "We believe this will give a broad picture of the school and help administrators as school leaders in working with teachers," said the president of Associated Administrators of Los Angeles.

KPCC looks at how cities can issue identification cards for undocumented immigrants. City Councilman Richard Alarcon is proposing that Los Angeles take on this type of program, but Councilman Mitch Englander tells the Daily News he thinks the whole thing is "ludicrous."

Restaurants and museums will offer discounts the weekend of Carmageddon II in an effort to encourage Angelenos to stay local, reports the Los Angeles Times. There are also organized bicycle rides in West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley as a way to keep people out of their cars.

On KCRW's Which Way, L.A.?, the program looks at cutting down trees in South L.A. to make room for the space shuttle and building pocket parks to replace foreclosed properties.

Walmart released a video making the case for its Chinatown location.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the opening of Latino Heritage Month at City Hall at 10 a.m. At 3 p.m., he will speak at the 99th Street Elementary school. Villaraigosa will then speak at the 6th Street Bridge International Design Competition at 6:30 p.m.

Meetings

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

  • Discussion on changes to the city's matching funds program

10:30 a.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Recommendation to increase the city's rate on electricity

2 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management and Transportation committees, City Hall, room 1010

  • Discussion on the congestion mitigation fee

Announcements

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