Maven's Morning Coffee: 911 system overwhelmed, USC to run Coliseum, violence in county jails

In an 8-1 vote, the Coliseum Commission agreed to turn over the day-to-day operations of the stadium to USC. Councilman Bernard Parks was the dissenting vote.
In an 8-1 vote, the Coliseum Commission agreed to turn over the day-to-day operations of the stadium to USC. Councilman Bernard Parks was the dissenting vote.
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Today is Tuesday, May 15, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Non-emergency calls are flooding Los Angeles County's 911 system, reports the Los Angeles Times. In 2010, paramedics responded to 543,715 calls -- one in five of which could have been treated somewhere other than the emergency room, according to the newspaper.

USC will have day-to-day control of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum under an agreement approved by the Coliseum Commission, reports City News Service. L.A. City Councilman Bernard Parks voted against the deal. The private university has committed to spending $70 million to upgrade the stadium.

Two retired members of the Sheriff's Department testified yesterday about incidents of inmate abuse and off-duty misconduct, according to the Los Angeles Times. A retired lieutenant said sheriff's deputies were "reminiscent of a gang…. This is how gang members act," according to the piece.

Where to Find the Politicians

Los Angeles City Councilmen Jose Huizar and Eric Garcetti will urge support for the "Clean Up Green Up initiative" outside of City Hall at 1:30 p.m.


8:30 a.m. Arts, Parks, Health and Aging Committee, City Hall, room 1060 Recommendation to develop a long-term plan for the Autry Center at Griffith Park Motion on potential opportunities for the Southwest Museum

9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820 Verbal report on releasing information in emergency situations

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room Report on home-garaging vehicles

9:30 a.m. Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hall of Administration, board room Closed session discussion on hiring a new county counsel Recommended approval of construction projects in Marina del Rey Recommendation to fund storage system for footage from Men’s Central Jail and Twin Towers

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber Request to coordinate park rules with Los Angeles County and ban tents in city parks Recommendation to fold the Office of Public Safety into the LAPD Recommendation to establish the Responsible Banking Investment Monitoring Program

1 p.m. Education and Neighborhoods Committee, City Hall, room 1010 Verbal report on updating contact information for neighborhood councils Report on how much neighborhood councils should pay into elections

1 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber CLA report on proposed changes to mayor's FY 2012-13 budget

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350 Report on implementing “Clean Up, Green Up” strategies in Boyle Heights, Pacoima, and Wilmington


Mayoral candidate Jan Perry will participate in the Talking About Los Angeles series. Cal State Northridge at 5:30 p.m.

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