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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP salaries, pension reform at City Hall, helicopters swoop over Carmageddon

A new analysis of the Department of Water and Power finds salaries there are higher than at other public and private utilities.
A new analysis of the Department of Water and Power finds salaries there are higher than at other public and private utilities. nixhorizon/Flickr cc

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. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Farmers Field moves ahead, as AEG's President Tim Leiweke tries to explain the timing and implications of the company's sale. Los Angeles Times/ Daily News/ Downtown News/ KPCC/ ESPN / Which Way, LA?

A consulting report finds the Department of Water and Power's salaries are significantly higher than those paid at other public and private utilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. The head of DWP argues that investing in energy efficiency would be a more effective way to save the utility money. Later today, the L.A. City Council will look at increasing the DWP's rates.

One of the candidates running for city controller, Cary Brazeman, blogs on the city's pension issues. "The fact is there has been virtually no public debate about the new pension plan, which will affect the entire next generation of city employees," he writes. Also on the subject of pension reform, a Los Angeles Times editorial suggests that if retirement benefits are unsustainable, the city shouldn't offer them to the next generation of workers.

Rep. Howard Berman had a news conference to ask media outlets to limit their use of helicopters during Carmageddon because the noise disturbs Westside residents, according to the Daily News. "Think about the community. Think about the neighbors," he said.

Meetings

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

  • Update on biased policing

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

  • Consideration of pension proposal for new employees
  • Recommendation to increase DWP rates

1:30 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on the FLEX benefits plan

2 p.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • LAWA report on Ontario Airport

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Motion on street standards near USC medical campus

Announcements

Members of SEIU Local 721 will rally at City Hall East at 9:30 a.m. in advance of the Los Angeles City Council's vote on pension reform.

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