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Maven's Morning Coffee: AEG up for sale, business tax holiday gets extended, Angelenos talk sidewalks

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The owner of the Staples Center, Anschutz Entertainment Group, is being sold off from its parents company.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

The Anschutz Entertainment Group is up for sale, breaking away from the parent group Anschutz Co. The company owns the Staples Center, Los Angeles Kings, and has stakes in L.A. Live and the Los Angeles Galaxy. There's also the matter of AEG building a professional football stadium in downtown. Los Angeles Times LA Biz Observed Wall Street Journal Native Angeleno

Over at the Los Angeles Times, Steve Lopez takes on broken sidewalks and overgrown trees. " ... residents there have an app on their smartphones to report problems with sidewalks, potholes and graffiti. Others wondered why meter readers or other government employees couldn't add the task of identifying bad sidewalks to their routines," Lopez writes.

Assemblyman Warren Furutani endorsed Alex De Ocampo for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District, per a release.

The Los Angeles City Council gave preliminary approval to an extension of the business tax holiday, according to KPCC. Budget chair Paul Krekorian voted against the extension, saying more economic analysis was needed.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and L.A. City Councilmen Herb Wesson, Tom LaBonge, Dennis Zine and Mitch Englander will be at City Hall at 9 a.m. to talk about pension reform. At 10 a.m., the mayor will be at the Central Library to talk about a citizenship awareness campaign. Villaraigosa will be in Venice at 11:30 a.m. to cut the ribbon on a new start-up.

L.A. City Councilman Eric Garcetti will honor Olympic athletes at the start of the Los Angeles City Council meeting at 10 a.m. at City Hall.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Motion to prohibit alcohol on Housing Authority property

9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on building the technology community in Los Angeles

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

  • Commission appointments
  • Final approval of matching funds package
  • Report on governance structure of the Convention Center

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on the electric rate increase

Announcements

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