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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's money woes, Californians head to DC, city attorney candidates debate

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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, Nov. 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times writer Steve Lopez looks at California's financial woes. "In Los Angeles, we've now got a snapshot of the dilemma elected officials are facing. Do you raise taxes and fees to cover the deficits, try to rein in retirement plans, or both?"

A Daily News editorial says it will take a major campaign to convince Angelenos to increase the city's sales tax. "As they look to taxpayers to pull L.A. out of a budget deficit projected to be $216 million next year, officials may find themselves in a hole when it comes to public opinion," according to the newspaper.

Californians make up a quarter of the freshman class of Democrats in Washington, D.C., reports KPCC. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi touted the historic diversity of House Democrats -- the first time there’s been a majority of women, ethnic minority, and LGBT members.

KPCC previews this evening's debate between City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

Not to be outdone, Councilman Eric Garcetti rode a horse, too, per LAObserved.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will help open the new headquarters of Forever 21 in Lincoln Heights at 10 a.m.


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

  • Recommendation to increase tenant relocation benefits

9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Update on ARRA money

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

  • Recommendation to create exclusive trash franchise
  • Report on special election in CD 6

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Recommendation to give honorary titles to various intersections

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Recommendation to spend $950,000 on bicycle events
  • Report on removing under-utilized parking meters


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