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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD billing breach, San Bernardino stops pension payments, a look at sidewalk memorials


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The Los Angeles Times is reporting on a major security breach at the Los Angeles Fire Department, where a billing company inappropriately accessed patients' Social Security numbers.

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A billing company used by the Los Angeles Fire Department illegally obtained personal information from patients, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, reports the Los Angeles Times. A criminal investigation is ongoing. As many as 900 people may have been victimized.

The city of San Bernardino has stopped making payments to its employee pension plan, according to KPCC. Representatives for CalPERS want to sue the city for the $13 million it should have received this fiscal year.

Asian-American voters supported President Barack Obama and Proposition 30 according to a new poll, reports KPCC. "A large majority said they supported taxing the wealthy, and more than 80 percent said they considered immigration an important or very important issue," according to the station.

The LA Weekly looks at Animal Services' plan to give shelter animals behavioral assessments. "It's not a tool used to determine what dog is put down. It's a tool to help place a dog better," the department's general manager, Brenda Barnette, told the paper.

Los Angeles Magazine photographs the sidewalk memorials created for Angelenos who have died suddenly and violently. "It is a reminder that life can be too short, horrible things can happen to anybody, and—and here’s the important part—when you love someone, sometimes you have to say it out loud to anyone who will slow down long enough to listen," the magazine writes.


8:30 a.m. City Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on regulating medical marijuana dispensaries


The Downtown Women's Center will open 48 new apartments at 9:30 a.m. on Los Angeles Street.

You can win a date with animal lover Betty White. She is auctioning off a date to raise money for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The minimum bid? $1,000.

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