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Maven's Morning Coffee: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands, health care changes at City Hall, U.S. Census Bureau releases poverty figures

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Today is Friday, Sept. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

KPCC's complete coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Meanwhile, at the Huffington Post via LAObserved, Steve Soboroff says getting the space shuttle is the most meaningful thing to happen to Los Angeles since the Staples Center opened.

Thousands of Los Angeles city workers and their families will no longer have access to doctors at Cedars-Sinai or UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Times. The change in health care options was made for financial reasons. "Implementation of the narrow network was a difficult choice, but one made necessary by the city's fiscal constraints," a city spokesman told The Times.

A Los Angeles Times editorial calls the sale of AEG an "unsettling turn of events." The company's Tim Leiweke "needs to explain why the city should approve an enormous and controversial project even if it doesn't know who will ultimately be in charge of the company undertaking it," according to the newspaper.

New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau say 17 percent of people in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area live in poverty, reports the Daily News. In San Bernardino, that figure is one in three.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the arrival ceremony for the Shuttle Endeavor at LAX at noon.

Meetings

8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Recommendation to support Proposition 37
  • Recommendation to ban felons and sex offenders from running for neighborhood councils

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

  • Recommendation to list the DWP headquarters as an historic-cultural monument

Announcements

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