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Maven's Morning Coffee: marijuana ban repealed, Richard Alarcon to trial, LAPD pays out $3.2 M in shooting

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council voted 11-2 to repeal its ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. According to the Los Angeles Times, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who has cancer, asked his colleagues, "Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?"

L.A. City Councilman Richard Alarcon was ordered to stand trial on charges of voter fraud and perjury. Alarcon and his wife face a total of 23 felony charges for allegedly living outside the councilman's city council district. KPCC, Daily News, Los Angeles Times, Which Way , LA?

A mentally ill woman who was shot and Tasered by LAPD officers will receive a $3.2 million settlement from the city, according to the Los Angeles Times. A jury found the officers' actions were malicious and negligent however, in a statement, Chief Charlie Beck said, "I don't expect my officers to be hurt or killed by someone before they act. I stand by the actions of our officers completely."

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Jan Perry, and AEG President Tim Leiweke will sign the Farmers Field development agreement at the Convention Center at 9 a.m. The mayor will be in Denver tonight for the presidential debate.


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

  • Review of audit on DWP's purchasing card program
  • City proclaims Mark Twain Bell Ringer Day

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on solid waste management partnership with Culver City


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