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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP's solar program, governor talks community colleges, Beverly Hills publishes employees' salaries

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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Department of Water and Power's solar buyback program will move forward, reports KPCC, despite concerns from the Los Angeles City Council.

Which Way, LA? discusses Gov. Jerry Brown's plans for community colleges.

A Daily News editorial explores why politicians label themselves as outsiders when election season rolls around. "Their implied message: Hey, blame the insiders, not those of us who just happen to have held public office for four or eight or 12 years!"

Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez remains in jail, reports the Los Angeles Times. Another bail hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1.

The city of Beverly Hills published salary and benefits information on all of its employees. The information for 2011 and 2012 is available here.

Wendy Greuel penned an op-ed on Roe v. Wade for the Huffington Post. "As mayor of America's second largest city, I intend to be a leading voice in the national fight to protect women's health and our right to choose," she writes.

Moby, Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel will headline an event for Eric Garcetti's mayoral campaign. Details available on the campaign website.

Assemblyman Mike Feuer won the endorsement of Magic Johnson in the race for city attorney. Meanwhile, Councilman Tom LaBonge backed David Roberts in the city council's Ninth District.


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

  • Recommendation to issue $4 million in bonds for Hamlin Estates Project

9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

  • Report on taxes for radio and television broadcasting industries
  • Report on incentives for video game industry

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

  • Recommendation to review LAX contract for public education campaign
  • Recommendation to approve sign district for Universal City Plaza

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on connection LA/Ontario Airport with Metrolink


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