Politics, government and public life for Southern California

Congress considers immigration bills for individuals

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LA Democrat Henry Waxman is sponsoring an immigration bill for the adopted son of a constituent.

Next week, Congress returns to work and a group of House members is expected to present its version of a comprehensive immigration bill — intended to address the status of an estimated 11-million undocumented people in the U.S. But there are other immigration bills on the table in the House — some that benefit just one individual. 

Before the House Committee on Immigration and Border Security began a recent hearing on farm labor and other related subjects, member Zoe Lofgren of San Jose called her colleagues' attention to a different sort of measure under consideration: private immigration bills. She told lawmakers all four of the bills should be familiar to the subcommittee: "In fact, all four passed the House in the 112th Congress as well, but the Senate has failed to take any of them up."

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City Hall looks at Convention Center improvements regardless of stadium deal

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AEG's Farmers Field proposal, seen here in a rendering, would include a new wing for the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Los Angeles was promised a revamped Convention Center from a private developer if pro football returns to the city. But without any word from the NFL, city leaders are looking at Plan B. 

The City of Los Angeles has a deal with Anschutz Entertainment Group for a new convention hall, but it’s contingent on the developer bringing a pro football team back to L.A. and building the Farmers Field stadium. To do so, part of the existing convention center would have to be demolished and AEG has proposed building a new wing.  

But not only is there no team in sight, but AEG is also facing a deadline with the city – October, 2014. Rather than wait 18 months to come up with an alternative plan, city leaders are looking at what they can do now to improve the Convention Center.

A panel of experts from the Urban Land Institute presented its findings for what would make a successful convention space at a Thursday meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Downtown Stadium and Convention Center Renovation. A marquee entrance, more hotel rooms and a giant ballroom as well as better public transportation would all make for an improved convention space, they said. 

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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County gets an extra $50 million, LAX runs into more roadblocks, and a look at Eric Garcetti's religion

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LA County is expected to receive an additional $50 million this year in property tax revenue.

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Today is Thursday, May 30, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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Los Angeles County is expected to see a $50 million revenue boost in property taxes, reports the Los Angeles Times. "The increased revenue is expected to be modest. But it has delivered some optimism that a larger recovery is on the way — and that governments can finally begin to at least think about undoing years of cuts and pay freezes," according to The Times.

The Service Employees Union United Service Workers West is planning an environmental challenge over LAX's expansion plans, reports the LA Weekly. "The SEIU is questioning the expansion's local impact and its alleged 'significant increases in noise, air pollution and traffic'," according to the Weekly.

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State Senate approves package of gun control bills

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California Senate President pro tem Darrell Steinberg (seen here in a file photo with former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass) pushed a bill that bans detachable ammunition magazines.

Invoking the image of recent mass shootings, Democrats in the state Legislature on Wednesday passed a series of firearms bills designed to reduce the chances for widespread carnage even as opponents warned that the measures would not keep weapons from those intent on committing horrific crimes.

Among other changes, the bills that passed between the Senate and the Assembly would expand the list of people who are prohibited from owning firearms, require permits and a fee when buying ammunition, and ban semi-automatic rifles with detachable ammunition magazines.

RELATED: To track all the gun control bills in the current legislative session, click here.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), who pushed the ban on detachable magazines, said the bills would close loopholes in existing laws, keep firearms away from dangerous people and strengthen requirements for gun ownership.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Greuel consultant defends campaign and Bob Hertzberg runs for office -- again

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In a Los Angeles Times and "Which Way, LA?" appearance, Wendy Greuel's top consultant defends the way her mayoral campaign was run.

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.

The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe.

Today is Wednesday, May 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:

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A political consultant for Wendy Greuel, John Shallman, penned a post for the Los Angeles Times that knocks the newspaper's coverage of his client's campaign. "It is easy to Wednesday-morning quarterback campaign strategy. But in this election, The Times was to Eric Garcetti what Fox News was to Mitt Romney," he writes.

On Which Way, LA?, Shallman and Eric Garcetti's consultant Bill Carrick discuss the mayor's race.

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