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Maven's Morning Coffee: LA sues US Bank, NBC eliminates housing plan

The city of Los Angeles sued US Bank for allowing foreclosed properties to become blighted.
The city of Los Angeles sued US Bank for allowing foreclosed properties to become blighted.

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Today is Tuesday, July 17, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Employees with the Los Angeles County's Assessor's Office are now testifying before a Grand Jury, as are contributors to Assessor John Noguez's political campaign, according to the Los Angeles Times. The District Attorney's Office is looking into allegations that contributors exceeded donation limits by giving money in family members' names.

The city of Los Angeles has sued US Bank for allowing foreclosed properties to fall into disrepair, reports the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit, which follows an 18-month investigation, seeks an injunction and millions of dollars in penalties and restitution. "The lawsuit marks the second time the city has accused a major bank of being a slumlord, part of an aggressive attempt to deal with the urban decay caused by the housing crash," reports The Times.

NBCUniversal has nixed plans to build 3,000 homes in the Universal City area, according to the Daily News. Instead, the company will beef up its film and television productions. "This is our home-town industry. The motion picture industry employs a lot of people with well-paying jobs. This is a win-win for everyone," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Los Angeles' 2013 race for city attorney has unexpectedly become the race to watch, according to the Downtown News. Candidates so far include Assemblyman Mike Feuer and attorney Greg Smith. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said he would run for reelection after he failed to make the runoff for district attorney, meanwhile two city councilmen are considering runs as well. "The low-key mayor’s race has helped raise the profile of the city attorney election (the primary is in March). But nothing stirred matters up like Trutanich’s exorcism in the June 5 District Attorney’s race. Even in hindsight I’ve yet to encounter a soul who saw Nuch’s third-place finish coming," according to the newspaper.

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer has filed for divorce, reports Capitol Alert. The Lockyers have been married for nine years and have a son together.

Where to Find the Politicians

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich will announce details of the lawsuit against US Bank on the Spring Street steps of City Hall at 10 a.m. 


9:30 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820

9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room

1:30 p.m. Board of Water and Power Commissioners, DWP Headquarters, room 1555-H


Tweet of the Day goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his jumpsuit.

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