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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's sales tax, an Assembly race lawsuit, a ruling on digital billboards

L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is pushing a plan to increase the city of LA's sales tax by a half penny.
L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson is pushing a plan to increase the city of LA's sales tax by a half penny.
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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. 31, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles City Council will consider a batch of tax measures later today for the March 2013 ballot. Councilman Herb Wesson is pushing a proposal to increase the city's sales tax by a half-cent. The Los Angeles Times has a rundown of what will be heard this morning.

The wife of Republican Matthew Lin, a candidate for the state Assembly, sued her husband's political opponent, Ed Chau, after he published her Social Security number in a mailer, reports KPCC. "We've never really seen this in any other campaigns before, so this was completely unexpected," Lin's campaign manager told the station.

Which Way, LA? talks to the two candidates for district attorney -- Alan Jackson and Jackie Lacey.

An appellate court is likely to throw out the city of Los Angeles' agreement that regulated 800 digital billboards, reports the Daily News. "In anticipation of the ruling, the City Council has already been working with billboard companies to draft a new ordinance that would address some of the underlying legal issues," according to the paper.

KFI AM 640 has some grainy video of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa enjoying a little R. Kelly.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the LAPD Cyber Security Symposium at LAPD Headquarters at 9:15 a.m.


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

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


State Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg will be the keynote speaker at the Pat Brown Institute's Nov. 16 policy conference. Details and registration available here.

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