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Maven's Morning Coffee: pensions, taggers, signs, and a soda ban

In downtown, two Los Angeles City Council members are fighting over signage near the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
In downtown, two Los Angeles City Council members are fighting over signage near the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
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Today is Thursday, June 21, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles Times' columnist George Skelton questions why Democrats don't feel a greater sense of urgency when it comes to pension reform. "Virtually no one in the Capitol believes that voters will approve a state tax increase unless the Legislature and governor have enacted serious pension reform. And to delay the reform until late August would merely provide the anti-tax crowd an additional two months to shout that Sacramento doesn't get it," Skelton writes.

Taggers who committed millions of dollars in damage will be placed under restrictions similar to those in gang injunctions, reports the Los Angeles Times. Crew members may not possess graffiti tools, associate with one another in public, or remain out past 10 p.m.

Los Angeles City Council members Jan Perry and Jose Huizar are clashing over a signage project near the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, reports the Downtown News. The councilwoman wants to sign off on the plan before redistricting takes FIDM out of her district, while Huizar's office says they need more time to evaluate the proposal.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich spoke to residents in Venice and answered questions about Occupy LA, the homeless and medical marijuana dispensaries, according to Venice-Mar Vista Patch. "Sometimes you give advice and you take heat for it, but at the end of the day that's your job. You have to give good, solid legal advice," Trutanich told the Venice Neighborhood Council.

A Los Angeles Times editorial supports a proposed soda ban at city libraries and parks.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will join UCLA officials to release a climate change study at Vista Hermosa Park at 11 a.m. Villaraigosa will then attend Kaiser Permanente's Operation Splash at Westchester Pool at 1 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., the mayor will appear on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Villaraigosa will later receive the "Leadership in Government" award from the Coalition for Clean Air at 7:30 p.m. at the Peterson Museum.




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