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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The Los Angeles Times looks at police Chief Charlie Beck's relationship with immigrant communities. "It's not so much that I am a dove on immigration. It's that I'm a realist. I recognize that this is the population that I police," he told The Times.
Former President Bill Clinton was in Orange County to drum up support for Democratic congressional candidates, reports KPCC. "I saw California lying flat on its back and then I saw California come roaring back to lead America in the 21st Century," he told a crowd in Irvine.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors may establish an independent entity to over see the county jails, according to City News Service.
Los Angeles city and county officials are now reviewing how long it takes firefighters and first responders to get to emergencies near city boundaries, according to the Los Angeles Times. A Times analysis found city dispatchers rarely reach out to the county for help, even when emergencies are on city limits.
An ordinance to ban major retailers, like Walmart, from opening in Chinatown failed to get the 12 votes needed to pass, according to KPCC. That could change if one of the four dissenting members of the L.A. City Council switches votes.
Which Way, L.A.? looks at the state's initiative process. Guests include Joe Matthews and Bob Stern.
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will participate in the Distinguished Gentlemen of Jordan event at Jordan High School at 8:30 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Villaraigosa will talk about the city's food procurement policy in the City Hall Rotunda.
9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on tax credits for filming and video game production
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Discussion on privatization of Convention Center
- Recommendation to ban sale of commercially-bred animals at pet stores
- Recommendation to appeal $5.7 million settlement in Robert Contreras case
2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050
- Discussion on the Sixth Street Viaduct Replacement Project
2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Report on bicycle kiosks
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