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Maven's Morning Coffee: ban on tax contributions, possible increase in Metro fares, a political dynasty in the state Assembly

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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 Friday, Nov. 2, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Two Riverside natives are competing to become the first representative of the newly drawn 41st Congressional District, reports KPCC.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is getting ready to consider a plan that would ban tax agents from making campaign contributions to the county assessor, according to the Daily News. "There can be no pay-to-play," said Supervisor Don Knabe.

Foes of the Measure J transit tax believe the construction of so many new projects will force Metro to raise fares, according to the Los Angeles Times. "This is a pocketbook issue. And the … question is, are you really going to extend my taxes and then come back and increase my fare?" said county Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

KPCC looks at the race of Ian Calderon, who is hoping to inherit his father's state Assembly seat. "My motivation to run is to at least be that representation or that ambassador from the next generation," he told the station.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the LAPD Graduation Ceremony at the Police Academy at 9 a.m. At 1 p.m., he will attend the Breeders’ Cup opening ceremonies and present trophies to the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic race.


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

  • Update on the redirection of ex-Community Redevelopment Agency tax increment money
  • Celebration of The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylist Guild, IATSE Local 706 Day


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