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Maven's Morning Coffee: Rick Caruso gets tangled in Assessor's problems, support slips for Prop 30, Farmers FIeld up for final vote

A new poll finds support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 on the November ballot.
A new poll finds support is slipping for Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 on the November ballot.
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Today is Friday, Sept. 28, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Developer Rick Caruso's properties received preferential treatment from the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office, which devalued some locations thus allowing the company to pay less in property taxes, according to the Los Cerritos Newspaper Group. LAObserved gives the story some context.

The Daily News looks at Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's farewell tour, this time in the San Fernando Valley. "I'm 59 and I think I have a lot more to contribute. But, I want to take some time to figure out what's wrong with the system," he said at the United Chambers of Commerce luncheon.

Support for Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 seems to be slipping, reports the Los Angeles Times.

KPCC sets up today's vote on the Farmers Field football stadium. "Los Angeles is the Ellis Island of NFL fans. Every NFL fan is represented here. There is no overwhelming groundswell for a team to come back," Los Angeles Times sportswriter Sam Farmer tells the station.

The New Yorker looks at the birth of political consulting.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will endorse Jackie Lacey for district attorney at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. At 11:30 a.m., he will be in Anaheim with Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Bill Shuster to talk about transportation at Mobility 21.

District Attorney Steve Cooley will endorse Kevin James for mayor at City Hall at 10 a.m.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

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

2 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 350


The Pat Brown Institute will host a panel on voter turnout at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum at 8 a.m. The speakers will be Scott Bowman, chair of political science at Cal State LA; Kathay Feng with California Common Cause; Bill Wong of Bill Wong LLC Strategic Counsel; and Justin Levitt, associate professor at Loyola School of Law. KPCC's Frank Stoltze will moderate the free event.

Tweet of the Day goes to a Canadian comedian adjusting to life in Los Angeles.

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