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Maven's Morning Coffee: anniversary of Occupy, medical marijuana referendum, Richard Alarcon's prelim hearing wraps up

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Today is Tuesday, Oct. 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times looks back at the Occupy movement on its one-year anniversary.

The Los Angeles City Council will decide today whether to repeal its ban on medical marijuana clinics or put the issue on the March 2013 ballot as a referendum. "At this point, I'm more concerned with enforcement on illegal, for-profit dispensaries, which the federal government is currently engaged in," Councilman Jose Huizar told City News Service.

The race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman took a nasty turn Monday when Sherman was accused of profiting off of loans he made to his campaign, according to KPCC. A Sherman spokesman said the practice was completely legal.

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon's preliminary hearing is expected to wrap up today. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times

Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stops by The Daily Show.


9:30 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Update on the Information and Data Analysis Task Force

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

  • Discussion on medical marijuana referendum

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

  • Discussion on city planning policies

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on health benefits provided through UCLA and Cedars-Sinai
  • Recommendation to prohibit the sale of commercially-bred animals in pet shops


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