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Today is Tuesday, April 24, 2012, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon has accused his rival in the state Assembly race, Raul Bocanegra, of benefiting from an interest-free city loan, according to the Los Angeles Times. Alarcon also alleges Bocanegra was able to purchase a condo in a building he helped get approved as an aide to then-Councilman Alex Padilla. A spokesman for Bocanegra called the charges "absolutely ludicrous."
The wife of state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Nadia Lockyer, sat down with the San Jose Mercury News to discuss her drug use and an email in which she claimed her husband supplied her with drugs. ""I ask the public not to hold anything against my husband for actions that happened a long time ago," she told the newspaper. Bill Lockyer's office has said the allegation is "utterly false."
KPCC's Matthew DeBord makes the case for the privatization of the Los Angeles Zoo. Privatizing management of the zoo could save the city $18 million a year. "For now, the goal should be to look for parts of (the) city that can be, for wont of a better term, sold off, without sacrificing quality of life — human or animal," he writes.
An environmental group is challenging a state law that was intended to help Farmers Field expedite the environmental review process, reports the Associated Press. The Planning and Conservation League believes the bill violated the separation between courts and the Legislature.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the Operation Hope 20th Anniversary Bus Tour and speak at Quincy Jones Elementary School.
11 a.m. Los Angeles City Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz will join members of SEIU to talk about working conditions at LAX. Third floor media room of City Hall.
Noon Mayoral candidate Austin Beutner and the Dodgers first baseman, James Loney, will launch Vision to Learn, which will provide grade school children with glasses. Castelar Elementary School.
9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010
Report from the Commission on Revenue Efficiency on local procurement
Verbal reports on the FY 2012-13 budgets of General Services and the Information Technology Agency
9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room
Verbal report on LAPD's backlog of traffic collision adjudications
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber
Preliminary review of the Department of Water and Power's FY 2012-13 budget
Motion to prevent anyone who has developed city-subsidized housing from living in a unit of said development
Closed session discussion on lawsuits related to Medical Marijuana Ordinance
Recommendation to approve consulting contract to aid Office of Public Accountability
2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber
Report on requiring new stores to have on-site shopping cart containment systems
Report on regulating residential care facilities
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