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Maven's Morning Coffee: public transit in LA, pot shop referendum, trees down in South Los Angeles

Public Transportation Gains Popularity Amid High Gas Prices

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Slate examines the city of Los Angeles' growing public transportation system.

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 Tuesday, Sept. 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Slate looks at public transportation in Los Angeles. "It’s chosen instead to embrace the goal of growing even greater, which will necessarily mean denser and less auto-focused. While the Bay Area and many Northeastern cities stagnate under the weight of oppressive zoning codes, L.A. is changing—by design—into something even bigger and better than it already is," according to the piece.

Medical marijuana advocates collected enough valid signatures to qualify a referendum on the city's pot shop ban, reports KPCC. The L.A. City Council will take up the issue in the next 20 days.

The California Science Center received final approval to chop down nearly 300 trees to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour, according to the Los Angeles Times. The center agreed to replace them with larger trees and dedicate $400,000 to tree trimming.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is back at work after breaking his collarbone in a motocross accident, reports City News Service. "Broken collarbones are the occasional price you pay for racing motocross," he told the Los Angeles Times.

Where to Find the Politicians

L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti will speak out against pay-day lender scams in Hollywood at 9 a.m.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to approve local food procurement goals

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on response to July's Art Walk demonstrations

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Recommendation to approve a $350,000 settlement for an inmate who was abused in Men's Central Jail

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

  • Recommendation to extend the business tax holiday
  • Recommendation to approve appointment to the Water and Power Commission

1:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, board room

  • Recommendation to sell surplus land in Inyo County
  • Recommendation to revise eligibility for low-income discount program

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Consideration of the USC master plan

Announcements

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will attend the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association tomorrow at 7:15 p.m. at Notre Dame High School. The evening's topic is Measure J.

Tweet of the Day goes to Councilman Eric Garcetti for bragging about his celebrity BFF.

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