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Maven's Morning Coffee: more problems with the Assessor, architects call for redesign of Pico Hall, Brown pitches Prop 30

A group of architects say Pico Hall needs a redesign, otherwise it will negatively impact the neighborhood surrounding L.A. Live.
A group of architects say Pico Hall needs a redesign, otherwise it will negatively impact the neighborhood surrounding L.A. Live.
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Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A Redondo Beach medical building disappeared from the county tax rolls for three years, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other buildings that didn't receive tax bills: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay, the Marriott Manhattan Beach resort and the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey. The District Attorney's Office is looking into the cases as part of its probe into misconduct in the Assessor's Office.

A group of architects advising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say a total redesign of Pico Hall is needed to avoid negative impacts to the community, according to the Daily News. The new building, which would be built to make way for Farmers Field, is not pedestrian-friendly and would create a barrier to the Pico-Union neighborhood, the architects say.

LA Weekly looks at the 400 trees that were chopped down to make way for the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Gov. Jerry Brown pitched Proposition 30 to the Los Angeles News Group, telling the newspaper company, "Those who have done the best, I believe, can pay another 1 to 2 percent (in income taxes). And the sales tax is a quarter-percent. If you buy a cappuccino at the airport for four bucks, you pay one penny more."

The ACLU believes sheriff's deputies inappropriately target inmates' heads when applying force, according to KPCC. "Correctional officers should strike inmates' heads only as a matter of last resort. But in the Los Angeles County Jails, that is not the reality," according to the group's report. (Link includes graphic photos.)

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join public safety leaders at 9:30 a.m. to announce the receipt of $61 million in federal funding at the Frank Hotchkin Training Center.


8:30 a.m. City Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber


The Central City Association will host the general managers of LAX, DWP and the Port of Los Angeles at a luncheon on Oct. 10. Details here.

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