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Maven's Morning Coffee: City librarian profiled, endorsements for Measure J, space shuttle lands at California Science Center

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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 Monday, Oct. 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at the California Science Center, per KPCC.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, politics get physical, neighborhood councils want a GM for the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, and Councilman Bill Rosendahl decides what to do with his campaign cash.

The Los Angeles Times looks at the new city librarian, John Szabo. "My father would drop me at the library while he played in a bowling league. I loved this space where I could explore every subject under the sun. But I was also fascinated by what went on behind the circulation desk," he tells the newspaper.

The Los Angeles Times and Daily News endorse Measure J.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend a Rail-Volution news conference in Hollywood at 9:30 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., he will talk about expanded library hours. The mayor will unveil the new Los Angeles apparel logo at 4 p.m.


1:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Recommendation to approve contract for runway project at Van Nuys Airport

2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to appeal verdict against LAPD


The Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs will host Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Irvine School of Law on Oct. 17 at the 2012 California Agenda Distinguished Lecture. Register here.   

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