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Today is Monday, Sept. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, plans to privatize the Convention Center and Los Angeles Zoo are put on hold and local Democrats work to get out the vote.
A Los Angeles judge has ordered the city to pay $5.7 million to a man who was shot and paralyzed by Los Angeles police officers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles City Council had previously rejected a $4.5 million settlement offer in the case. "If the city has to pay some more to show that we stood up and supported our police officers when they did nothing wrong then so be it," said Councilman Paul Krekorian.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is testing out a new motorcycle response team, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each motorcycle is equipped with a defibrillator, fire extinguisher, medical supplies and a GPS system.
The head of Anschutz Entertainment Group will appear before a city council committee this morning to make a final pitch for Farmers Field, reports KPCC. The vote on the project comes as AEG is being sold off from its parent company. Over at the Daily News, the newspaper looks back at the deal that built Staples Center.
Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton talks to former Mayor Richard Riordan about pension reform. "[I]f labor prevents Riordan from prevailing with a ballot measure to drastically reform pensions, the city could face insolvency in the next few years," Newton writes.
9 a.m. Ad Hoc Committee on the Downtown Stadium, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Consideration of the Farmers Field EIR
2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Recommendation to create online database of refunded parking tickets
3 p.m. Ad Hoc River Committee, City Hall, room 1060
- Report from the Los Angeles River Corps
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