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Today is Thursday, April 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Gov. Jerry Brown is headed to China next week to promote environmental protections and open a trade office, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We're going to facilitate billions of dollars of investments ... Not overnight, but over time," the governor says.
NPR looks at why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will not be succeeded by a major Latino politician. "From the beginning what I've said is in this the most diverse city ... we need the bridge builders, the coalition builders," Villaraigosa says.
Los Angeles city officials want a hearing on arsenic emissions coming from a battery-recycling plant in Vernon, reports the Los Angeles Times. The emissions pose a danger to as many as 110,000 people.
Los Angeles County is developing a new voting system to be more flexible and user-friendly, with the goal of ultimately increasing voter turnout, reports KPCC. "One of the current challenges is dealing with all of the paper ballots and vote-by-mail envelopes. Even if the county swaps its ink ballot marking system for some sort of digital system, state law still requires that completed ballots be put onto some form of paper the voter can use to verify the votes were recorded correctly," according to the station.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will help open the South L.A. animal shelter at 9:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., he'll be at LAX to announce the start of a renovation to Terminal 5.
L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge will endorse Eric Garcetti at 9:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Meadow.
Wendy Greuel will join Sen. Barbara Boxer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Janice Hahn and Judy Chu for a women's roundtable at 2 p.m. at The Feminist Majority Foundation Office.
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