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Maven's Morning Coffee: Sheriff gets oversight, undocumented immigrants get ID cards, politicians play musical chairs

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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. 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hire a special monitor to oversee the jail system. Sheriff Lee Baca estimates it will cost $69 million to implement dozens of reforms at the jails. Los Angeles Times, KPCC.

A library card that would also act as an identification and pre-paid debit card for undocumented immigrants was approved by a Los Angeles City Council committee. Whether the card would be accepted by law enforcement agencies is unknown. The card would not be a driver's license and could not be used as a valid ID to board an airplane. Los Angeles Times, Daily News, KPCC.

KPCC looks at how term limits created more revolving doors for politicians. "What we've seen is that political animals don't change their stripes. Folks termed out of office, because they genuinely care about public service or just get addicted to the perks of office, want to stay in office and in California about  60 percent of them run for another office once they are termed out of Sacramento," said Thad Kousser, a political scientist at UC San Diego.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at a No on Prop 32 news conference at Mariachi Plaza Square at 11 a.m.

L.A City Councilman Jose Huizar will open the Northgate Gonzalez Market at 8 a.m. in Boyle Heights


8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Motion on resyndication of tax credits for affordable housing projects

10 a.m. Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, City Hall, room 1035

  • Presentation from DONE's interim mayor
  • Discussion on commission's priorities

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

  • LA Area Chamber of Commerce's 2012 economic report

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

  • Report on Japanese Garden fee schedule


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