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Maven's Morning Coffee: Garcetti's tour of LA, a dip into water districts, a bridge for Willie Brown

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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Friday, June 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Sen. Dianne Feinstein says NSA does not need a court order to search a database of call data, according to Politico. "Feinstein said that she would be open to contemplating changes to the program, in particular legislation that would prevent contractors from handling highly classified data," according to the site.

California lawmakers are considering a proposal to name the Bay Bridge after former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, reports Capitol Alert.

Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti is doing a tour of Los Angeles, meeting with Angelenos before he is sworn in on July 1, reports the Los Angeles Times. "There's a certain logic to going out and continuing to introduce yourself. In that sense it's a continuation of the campaign and that might be a very healthy thing," says Raphael Sonenshein, of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs.

The head of Los Angeles World Airports wants to stay on the job even once the Garcetti Administration is in place, reports the Daily Breeze. "We are not finished here at LAWA," says Gina Marie Lindsey, who adds she has not met with Garcetti since he was elected mayor.

KPCC's AirTalk explores the often murky water districts.

Los Angeles Magazine steps inside the Brentwood home of Republican strategist Frank Luntz to find it filled with political memorabilia. "(R)ub the head of the Winston Churchill statue and a bookcase swings open. The doorway leads to Luntz’s secret playground, in which beckons Ulysses S. Grant’s billiard table."




8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

  • Report on permits for valet drivers
  • Report on payment of Christopher Dorner reward

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

  • Report on processing DNA kits
  • Report on repainting green bike lanes downtown
  • Certification of May 21 election results


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