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Maven's Morning Coffee: Christopher Dorner believed to be dead, Los Angeles Times opposes Measure A, leading candidates bicker over Hollywood development

Christopher Dorner Big Bear Manhunt

Courtesy KTLA

A screenshot showing a cabin on fire near Big Bear where police surrounded a man they believe to be murder suspect Christopher Dorner following two gun battles on Feb. 12, 2013. A deputy was killed in one of the battles.

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Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13 and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner is believed to have died in Big Bear following a standoff with law enforcement. A charred body was found inside a cabin after a shootout left one sheriff's deputy dead. Police are expected to release more details at a morning briefing. KPCC, Los Angeles Times

During Tuesday's standoff, media helicopters were asked by law enforcement to leave the scene and cut their lives feeds, reports the Daily News.

A Los Angeles Times editorial opposes Measure A, which would increase the city of Los Angeles' sales tax. "With voters about to install a new mayor, controller and up to eight new council members, now is not the time to take that step," according to the newspaper.

Longshot mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez gets a profile in the Los Angeles Times. "Pleitez's campaign team is long on enthusiasm and short on local political experience and connections. Pleitez says that's kind of the point," according to the paper.

The Wendy Greuel campaign went on the attack Tuesday, accusing Councilman Eric Garcetti of overdeveloping Hollywood, reports the Daily News. "No new skyscrapers have been built in Hollywood while Garcetti has been in office, but he has backed taller projects, buildings that ultimately weren't constructed because of lawsuits or the recession," according to the newspaper.

The LA Area Chamber of Commerce endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor, per KPCC.


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

  • Report on Brownfields Revitalization Program

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

  • Report on General Fund encumbrance 
  • Mid-year financial status report
  • Closed session discussion on ongoing litigation

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

  • Report on streetscapes near Broad Museum

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

  • Ordinance regulating how long a car can parking a loading zone


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