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Maven's Morning Coffee: digital billboards come down, former commissioner goes to prison, county Fed declines to endorse

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A court has ordered Los Angeles' digital billboards to go dark. A three-judge panel determined existing law prohibited traditional billboards from being converted to the digital variety.

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Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A three-judge panel has ordered 100 digital billboards to be taken down in the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The panel instructed a lower court to order the revocation of permits for electronic signs already permitted under the agreement, many of which were on the Westside," reports the newspaper.

The former president of the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, reports City News Service. Al Abrams was immediately taken into custody.

Assembly Speaker John Perez endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor, reports KPCC. Meanwhile, the LA Weekly reports the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor will not make an endorsement in the mayoral primary.

A Los Angeles Times editorial suggests that a $63 fine for parking at a broken meter is excessive. "The same technology that makes it easier to park at meters with credit cards — eliminating the need to carry around a veritable sack of doubloons — also makes it easier for cash-strapped municipalities to draw more revenue from those meters," according to the piece.

A candidate for the L.A. City Council's Ninth District, Emile Mack, has released a second video for his campaign.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend a Google workshop at Kesspro Studios at 11 a.m.

L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry will discuss the USC development plan on the Spring Street Steps of City Hall at 9:30 a.m.


9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on upgrading Seventh Street Bridge

9 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on equine traffic controls
  • Report on concessions at the Greek Theater

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

  • Report on crime in Southwest area

9 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Status update on jail violence

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

  • Certify EIR for USC plan
  • Report on a citywide parade for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Controller's report on LAFD response times
  • Report on parking occupancy tax

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350

  • Report on billboard regulations

3 p.m. Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Report on equine license fee


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