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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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