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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA bans plastic bags, Metro cracks down on fare evaders, Burbank gets a new city manager

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Today is Wednesday, June 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The city of Los Angeles will ban plastic bags at stores beginning in 2014, reports KPCC and the Los Angeles Times.

There are no more free rides on the Metro's Purple or Red Lines thanks to newly installed gates, according to the Daily News. The transit agency expects to recoup $7 million from fare evaders.

The Montebello City Council is relying on about $1 million in reserves to balance its $45.7 million budget, according to the Whittier Daily News. "It's what we call a basic operational needs budget," says the city administrator.

Burbank has named Mark Scott as its new city manager, per a release. The city council will consider Scott's contract at its meeting next Tuesday and he'll assume office on Aug. 1.

The journalist whose 2010 story resulted in General Stanley McChrystal's firing died Tuesday in a Los Angeles car crash. Michael Hastings was 33, per BuzzFeed.



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