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Today is Monday, Dec. 3, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Fire Chief Brian Cummings will appear before the Los Angeles City Council tomorrow to explain why the department is "unwilling or unable to develop a plan to reduce response times and improve public safety," reports the Los Angeles Times. LAFD has been plagued by old technologies and slow response times.
Measure J, an extension of the half-penny sales tax for public transportation projects, failed to meet the necessary two-thirds threshold -- by .056 percent, per LAObserved.
In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, labor focuses on the spring elections, a candidate for the Third District makes waves, and there's a fight over sidewalk repairs.
A new poll finds Councilman Eric Garcetti leading in the 2013 mayoral race, reports Jim Newton of the Los Angeles Times. Garcetti led with 36 percent among decided voters, with Wendy Greuel at 32 percent.
New state lawmakers will be sworn into office today, reports KPCC. "There are 38 new lawmakers, taking up nearly half of the Assembly’s 80 seats. The usual turnover is closer to a third," according to the station.
A longtime staffer to Councilman Tom LaBonge has passed away. Rory Fitzpatrick was a director of constituent services for the Fourth District, per the councilman's website.
Where to Find the Politicians
L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry will help open the 28th Street Apartments at 11 a.m.
1:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administration Building, board room
- Recommendation to reject all bids for the computer systems contract
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