Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Maven's Morning Coffee: more problems with the Assessor, architects call for redesign of Pico Hall, Brown pitches Prop 30

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A group of architects say Pico Hall needs a redesign, otherwise it will negatively impact the neighborhood surrounding L.A. Live.

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Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A Redondo Beach medical building disappeared from the county tax rolls for three years, according to the Los Angeles Times. Other buildings that didn't receive tax bills: Mercedes-Benz of South Bay, the Marriott Manhattan Beach resort and the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey. The District Attorney's Office is looking into the cases as part of its probe into misconduct in the Assessor's Office.

A group of architects advising Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa say a total redesign of Pico Hall is needed to avoid negative impacts to the community, according to the Daily News. The new building, which would be built to make way for Farmers Field, is not pedestrian-friendly and would create a barrier to the Pico-Union neighborhood, the architects say.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP rate increases, pension rollback at City Hall, Rick Caruso keeps media guessing

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Will Rick Caruso run for mayor? He is keeping folks guessing by leaking details on possible media buys for November.

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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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LA Weekly reports billionaire developer Rick Caruso is checking out what it will cost to run mayoral ads on television starting in November. Ron Kaye LA and LAObserved also seem to have the same source, reporting that Caruso is willing to spend $15 million to $20 million on a campaign, and therefore can't help out fellow billionaire Eli Broad with a fundraising campaign for a pension ballot measure.

Electricity rates at the Department of Water and Power will increase, thanks to a preliminary vote of the Los Angeles City Council, reports the Los Angeles Times. The increase is expected to bring in $321 million by June of 2014.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP salaries, pension reform at City Hall, helicopters swoop over Carmageddon

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A new analysis of the Department of Water and Power finds salaries there are higher than at other public and private utilities.

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Today is Tuesday, Sept. 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Farmers Field moves ahead, as AEG's President Tim Leiweke tries to explain the timing and implications of the company's sale. Los Angeles Times/ Daily News/ Downtown News/ KPCC/ ESPN / Which Way, LA?

A consulting report finds the Department of Water and Power's salaries are significantly higher than those paid at other public and private utilities, reports the Los Angeles Times. The head of DWP argues that investing in energy efficiency would be a more effective way to save the utility money. Later today, the L.A. City Council will look at increasing the DWP's rates.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD settlement, LAFD gets motorcycles, AEG's big day at City Hall

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A gang member who was shot and paralyzed by LAPD officers will receive a $5.9 million settlement, a judge decided Friday.

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Today is Monday, Sept. 24, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, plans to privatize the Convention Center and Los Angeles Zoo are put on hold and local Democrats work to get out the vote.

A Los Angeles judge has ordered the city to pay $5.7 million to a man who was shot and paralyzed by Los Angeles police officers, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Los Angeles City Council had previously rejected a $4.5 million settlement offer in the case. "If the city has to pay some more to show that we stood up and supported our police officers when they did nothing wrong then so be it," said Councilman Paul Krekorian.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Space Shuttle Endeavour lands, health care changes at City Hall, U.S. Census Bureau releases poverty figures

Space Shuttle Endeavour Begins Trip To Los Angeles

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The Space Shuttle Endeavour will arrive in Los Angeles today.

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Today is Friday, Sept. 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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KPCC's complete coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Meanwhile, at the Huffington Post via LAObserved, Steve Soboroff says getting the space shuttle is the most meaningful thing to happen to Los Angeles since the Staples Center opened.

Thousands of Los Angeles city workers and their families will no longer have access to doctors at Cedars-Sinai or UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Times. The change in health care options was made for financial reasons. "Implementation of the narrow network was a difficult choice, but one made necessary by the city's fiscal constraints," a city spokesman told The Times.

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