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Maven's Morning Coffee: Opposition to Expo Line, Election Night in Grand Park, registering jailhouse inmates

Expo Rail

Ashley Myers-Turner/KPCC

The Los Angeles Times looks at neighborhoods' opposition to building out the Metro Expo Line.

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Today is Monday, Oct. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Los Angeles Times writer Jim Newton looks at neighborhood opposition to the Expo Line. "The line is crucial to completing a desperately needed rail network, one undeniably integral to the future of L.A., and the route was sensibly chosen along an existing right of way," he writes.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Grand Park plans an Election Day party and the Civic Alliance opposes former Mayor Richard Riordan's pension plan.

A lobbyist for a major billboard company drafted the Los Angeles City Council's proposal to create new regulations for digital billboards, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The motion was loudly denounced by neighborhood activists, who accused (Councilmen Paul) Krekorian and (Ed) Reyes of trying to head off a court decision detrimental to the interests of the two companies that operate the electronic billboards," according to the newspaper.

Volunteers are working to register jail inmates to vote, according to KPCC.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join Austin Beutner to announce a partnership between Vision To Learn and The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. 9 a.m. at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School.

Meetings

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

  • Report on Moody's Investor Service rating
  • A look at the first financial status report for the year

3 p.m. Ad Hoc River Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Update on L.A. River projects

Announcements

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