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Maven's Morning Coffee: Wendy Greuel's budget plan, LAFD wants more ambulances, LAUSD looks to revise teacher investigations

The campaign of Wendy Greuel released a plan Monday that could save the city $175 million.
The campaign of Wendy Greuel released a plan Monday that could save the city $175 million.
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Today is Tuesday, April 16, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel proposed $175 million in savings Monday through parking lot collections and changes to employees' health care benefits, reports KPCC. "The proposal was unveiled after months of complaints from civic leaders that Greuel, the city controller, and her opponent, Councilman Eric Garcetti, have offered too few ideas for closing the budget shortfall," according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Board of Education will consider a proposal today to speed up the investigations of teachers in "teacher jail," according to the Los Angeles Times. "Everyone agreed the process wasn't working," said Tamar Galatzan.

Fire Chief Brian Cummings wants to add 11 ambulances to the busiest parts of the city, reports the Daily News. The plan is opposed by the firefighters' union, United Firefighters of Los Angeles City. "What the chief is proposing is like robbing Peter to pay Paul. We support adding more ambulances, but we need to do it with additional staffing," said UFLAC President Frank Lima.

Los Angeles County released a $24.7 billion budget that does not have any cuts or deficits for the first time in five years. KPCC, Los Angeles Times.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Sacramento today.


Thousands of SEIU members will rally outside the Hall of Administration at 9 a.m.


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

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

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

10:30 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

12:30 p.m. Board of Airport Commissioners, LAX Administration Building, board room

1 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1010

1:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H

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

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

6 p.m. Public Works Committee, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber


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