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Maven's Morning Coffee: free marijuana in neighborhood council elections, new laws for digital billboards, first look at City Services Card

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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 Tuesday, Oct. 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The neighborhood council elections in Eagle Rock took a turn when voters were promised free marijuana and encouraged to vote for pro-medicinal cannabis candidates, reports the Los Angeles Times. Of the 800 votes cast in the election, 300 came from at-large voters who do not live Eagle Rock but may have business interests there.

A Los Angeles City Council committee will get its first look today at the proposed City Services Card, which would give undocumented immigrants access to banking and library services, reports the Daily News. "What this is intended to do is to help increase financial literacy so people will have access to banks and be able to open accounts," said Councilman Richard Alarcon.

The L.A. City Council could form a working group today to create new laws regulating digital billboards, according to the Daily News. "Clearly, this motion is instigated by CBS and Clear Channel. It's intended to do an end run around the court ruling and to preserve the spoils of the illegal agreement," according to an attorney for a competing sign company.

The Los Angeles Times has a time-lapse video of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's journey to the California Science Center.

KPCC has a ballot guide to help navigate the November elections.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in New York for the presidential debate. He will appear on FOX, MSNBC and ABC throughout the late afternoon.


8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on creating a library card that doubles as a debit card

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Recommendation to approve a grant

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

  • Recommendation to ban felons and sex offenders from running for neighborhood councils
  • Recommendation to create working group on billboards

1:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

  • Recommendation to approve contract with So Cal Edison for the Sylmar Converter Station

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

  • Report on bicycle parking

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

  • Update on the Northeast Valley animal shelter


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