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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD wants money, Supervisors look into car contract, strike ends at Port of LA

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Fire Chief Brian Cummings told the Los Angeles City Council that more money in the LAFD budget would lead to better service.

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Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

Headlines

Fire Chief Brian Cummings testified before the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday. He suggested that more money would improve LAFD's response times and service. KPCC, Los Angeles Times, Daily News

Following KCET's report on the relationship between county Supervisor Don Knabe and his son, who is a lobbyist, Supervisor Mike Antonovich has asked for a review of one of the contracts highlighted in the piece, according to the station. Antonovich wants the county auditor to look at a $2 million contract awarded to Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which is a client of Englander, Knabe & Allen.

The eight-day strike at the Port of Los Angeles is over. "With the strike now ending, we must waste no time in getting the nation’s busiest port complex’s operations back up to speed," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement.

Which Way, LA? talks about development along the Metro Expo Line.

Downtown residents have thrown their support behind the streetcar project by voting for a new tax that would partially pay for the project, reports KPCC. "With this critically important local funding approved, we will now work closely with our Washington D.C. representatives to advocate for the federal funding needed for construction," said Councilman Jose Huizar.

Gil Cedillo's run for the Los Angeles City Council was endorsed by Councilmen Richard Alarcon and Bill Rosendahl, according to the campaign.

John Choi, a candidate for the Los Angeles City Council's Thirteenth District, was endorsed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will show off new dining options at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX at 9 a.m.

Meetings

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

  • Appointment to the HACLA Board of Commissioners

8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on ballot measure to increase city sales tax

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

  • Report on creating a valet operator permit program
  • Report on allowing CLA to hire attorneys

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Update on the phase out of plastic bags

2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Motion to temporarily closing three pedestrian walkways south of the Santa Monica (10) Freeway

Announcements

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