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Maven's Morning Coffee: USC development gets OK, more money in mayor's race, a look at affairs in San Fernando

USC's plans to build a major development around its campus was approved by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.
USC's plans to build a major development around its campus was approved by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

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 Thursday, Oct. 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved USC's $1 billion-development plan for the area around campus, reports the Los Angeles Times. The deal includes $20 million for affordable housing and a new LAFD fire station for the city.

The quarterly campaign finance reports are in and Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel each report $2.8 million for their mayoral campaigns. Councilwoman Jan Perry has $1.3 million for her campaign, while Kevin James reported $275,000, per the Ethics Commission.

The LA Weekly reviews the history and scandals of San Fernando. "San Fernando is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy — the result of mismanagement, lawsuits and the loss of tax revenue as some of its largest retailers leave the city. But when residents line up to sound off at San Fernando's mobbed City Council meetings, all anyone can talk about is adultery," according to the piece.

KPCC looks at how the Republican and Democratic parties are spending money to protect incumbents and attack politicians who may have been weakened by redistricting.

Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman debated in Reseda, each hoping to reach undecided voters, reports the Daily News.

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti busts a move. Enjoy.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend a Hollywood ground-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., he will announce a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Justice at City Hall.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch Englander will host the Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics Recognition Luncheon at noon in Granada Hills.


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


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