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Maven's Morning Coffee: parking ticket refunds, fundraising in the DA's race, endorsements in CD11

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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 Wednesday, Oct. 10, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


L.A. City Councilman Paul Krekorian wants the city to put together a database of Angelenos who are owed refunds on their parking tickets, reports the Los Angeles Times. As it is now, if the refunds are unclaimed, the city takes the money and puts it back into its own budget.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey has a fundraising lead over Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson, reports the LA Weekly. Over the last three months, Lacey raised $565,000 for her campaign for district attorney. That's compared to Jackson's $180,000.

In a speech to the Los Angeles City Council, Councilman Bill Rosendahl let loose with his thoughts on other politicians, gay rights and the legalization of marijuana. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News.

Reps. Karen Bass and Janice Hahn have endorsed Mike Bonin for the Los Angeles City Council, per a press release. Meanwhile, a Daily News editorial knocks Bonin as a City Hall insider.  "It's up to voters to scrutinize outgoing council members' anointed successors to make sure they're right for the job," according to the newspaper.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will visit Silver Pictures Entertainment in Venice at 1 p.m. He will join the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at 3:15 p.m. to talk about funding the Crenshaw/LAX Line. At 5:45 p.m., the mayor will speak to the Hispanic Market National Conference.

Los Angeles City Councilmen Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti will open the Tesla Walking Path around the Silver Lake Reservoir at 5 p.m.


9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Motion to transfer funds for services for homeless veterans

9 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development, City Hall, room 1010

  • A look at proposals for citywide Gang Prevention and Intervention Services

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

  • Recommendation to allow General Services officers to remain in LACERS retirement system
  • Report on status of Ontario Airport

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on LAPD's new Northeast station

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on expanding bicycle parking

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

  • Discussion on development around USC


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