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Maven's Morning Coffee: concerns over USC parking deal, LA County gets good financial news, state treasurer retires from politics

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Today is Tuesday, June 4, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A trustee for the California Science Center has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to stop a deal that would give USC parking owned by the state museum, reports the Los Angeles Times. The parking is part of a deal that would allow the private university to control the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Los Angeles County will see its interest rates go down now that the three major rating agencies have given it the highest short-term bond rating, reports the Los Angeles Times.

California Treasurer Bill Lockyer is leaving politics when his term of office is up, reports Capitol Alert and The Wall Street Journal. "I'm ready to do something new and challenging," he says.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will host the crown prince of Belgium at Getty House this evening, according to City News Service. The prince is in town on an economic mission.

Developer Rick Caruso wants to extend the Grove's trolley to the Beverly Center and LACMA, reports CurbedLA via the LA Business Journal.

TMZ caught up with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at LAX to get his thoughts on a good nickname for Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference at 8 a.m. At 10 a.m., he will help open a new segment of the Wilshire Bus Rapid Transit. He'll sign the FY 2013-14 budget at 1 p.m.


8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060

  • Report on amendments to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Management Agreement

9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

  • Report on ambulance staffing

9:30 a.m. Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room

  • Report on L.A. County's capital projects
  • Discussion on termination of contract with Teens Happy Homes Foster Family Agency

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

  • Report on police permit fees

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

  • Recommendation to oppose AB 22 on sidewalk repairs
  • Recommendation to install security cameras at Fred Roberts Park in CD9

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

  • Quarterly update on the Zoning Code
  • Vote on the Millennium project in Hollywood

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

  • Recommendation to establish a City of Los Angeles Employees Memorial Day


California Women Lead will host "What Will it Take to Elect More Women In Los Angeles?" at USC on Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. Panelists will be Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times; Cindy Miscikowski, former member of the Los Angeles City Council; Harvey Englanderveteran campaign strategist; Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC; and Rachel Michelin, executive director, California Women Lead. Register here.

Tweet of the Day goes to ABC 7 for reminding Angelenos how dangerous it is to live in the big city.

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