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Maven's Morning Coffee: campaign finance overhaul, murder in Beverly Hills, DWP rate increases

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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 Thursday, Sept. 13, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The LA Weekly takes a look at a bizarre murder case in Beverly Hills' Trousdale Estates. "Dark realities — a twisted love triangle, an allegedly bent and violent 'hero,' a troubled young Asian-American gambler-turned-pimp, a beautiful black Westside rhythmic gymnast allegedly pressured into prostitution — are unfolding at the courthouse," according to the paper.

A proposal to provide more matching funds per campaign contribution is making its way through the Los Angeles City Council. The change would cost the Ethics Commission's account about $12 million. Daily News. Los Angeles Times. KPCC.

The Department of Water and Power is moving ahead with plans to increase electricity rates, though a an increase on the water side has been delayed, according to KPCC. "While we’ve spent a lot of time with the ratepayer advocate and his consultants on the water rate, they’re just not at a point where they’re comfortable," DWP General Manager Ron Nichols told commissioners.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join chefs Wolfgang Puck and Masahuru Morimoto to open new restaurants at LAX at 10 a.m.

Los Angeles City Councilman and mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti will give a speech on his vision for the future of Los Angeles at L.A. City College at 6 p.m.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will be at the Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables at 8 a.m. to unveil new Smokey the Bear signs.


8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Consideration of the Farmers Field plan

9 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on the Downtown Stadium, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on cost of building Pico Hall at the Convention Center


L.A. City Councilman Joe Buscaino's staff sings and dances its way through City Hall to wish the councilman a happy 38th birthday.

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