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Maven's Morning Coffee: Questions on Convention Center management, mayor's private meeting with billboard companies, low turnout in May election

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The city of Los Angeles recommends AEG operate the Convention Center but a competitor says the private company doesn't have the experience needed to run a large convention hall in America.

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Today is Tuesday, June 11, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A Pennsylvania-based company is challenging the city of Los Angeles' recommendation that AEG operate the Convention Center, according to the Los Angeles Times. "SMG's letter served as a formal challenge to the selection process, which is expected to culminate in a City Council vote later this month," per The Times.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met privately with billboard company executives to discuss digital signs, reports the Daily News. "Sign companies are pushing for a new comprehensive digital sign policy that would allow them to replace static signs with lucrative digital signs. The companies are also suing the city, and threatening to bring more lawsuits if they can't erect digital billboards," according to the newspaper.

State Sen. Ron Calderon says the FBI raid on his office has "been very stressful and very hard on all of us," according to KPCC.

Turnout in the May 21 election was 23 percent, reports KPCC. Nearly half of all ballots were completed by mail.

Ten senators, including Ted Lieu, Curren Price and Mark Leno, per the campaign, endorsed former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg’s run for the state Senate.

Former Controller Laura Chick endorsed Damian Carroll for state ?Assembly.


Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the opening of E3 at the Convention Center at 11:15 a.m.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti will meet with Angelenos at Faith Presbyterian Church in Valley Village at 7:30 p.m.


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

  • Recommendation to terminate contract with Teens Happy Homes Foster Family Agency
  • Request for report on unspent Homeless Prevention Initiative funds 

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

  • Inspector General's recommendation on LAPD investigation into uses of force
  • LAPD report on hit and run crashes
  • Quarterly risk management report

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

  • Recommendation to fund neighborhood councils in CD 3

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on creation of Code Violation Disclosure Notice

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

  • Recommendation to approve new historic-cultural monuments


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