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Maven's Morning Coffee: Coliseum Commission fugitive, violence at Summer Night Lights, city trivia with Tom LaBonge

A man who says he is a whistle blower in the Coliseum Commission scandal is also a fugitive.
A man who says he is a whistle blower in the Coliseum Commission scandal is also a fugitive.
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Today is Wednesday, July 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A fugitive charged in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission scandal tells the Los Angeles Times that he is a whistle-blower who has no intention of returning to America.  Tony Estrada has been charged with embezzlement and conspiracy. "I did the right thing. I started providing information … [in] every area that was corrupted," Estrada told the newspaper.

Two men who work for the Summer Night Lights program in Sun Valley were shot last week, according to the Daily News. This is the first time employees with the anti-gang program have been the victims of violence, officials said.

Over at KPCC's Pacific Swell, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge explains why the ficus trees on the new City Hall lawn are numbered. It all comes back to the Lakers.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa received the keys to the Time Warner Cable Arena on behalf of the Democratic Party in Charlotte this week, reports The News and Observer.

Where to Find the Politicians

Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be at Union Station at 10 a.m. for the signing of the High-Speed Rail funding bill. At 6 p.m., the mayor will be at Cal State LA for "Conversations About the Future of Los Angeles."




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