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Maven's Morning Coffee: fiscal emergencies for Coliseum Commission, San Bernardino

The San Bernardino City Council voted 5-2 to file for bankruptcy on Wednesday.
The San Bernardino City Council voted 5-2 to file for bankruptcy on Wednesday.
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Today is Thursday, July 19, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times and Californians Aware sued the Coliseum Commission for allegedly failing to discuss a lease with USC in open session, The Times reports. The two groups believe the Coliseum Commission has violated the California Public Records Act. At a meeting Wednesday, commissioners also learned the stadium would likely lose $5 million by the end of the fiscal year.

Over at NBC4, Joe Matthews argues that Gov. Jerry Brown didn't benefit from the lack of Democratic challenges in the last gubernatorial race. " ... Brown and the Democrats never really agreed on either an agenda or a method for pursuing it. They never hashed things out, and Brown never earned a clear mandate from his own party," he writes.

The city of San Bernardino has declared a fiscal emergency and will file for bankruptcy in 30 days, reports KPCC. "The move enables the city to gain the bankruptcy court's protection from creditors earlier than permitted under a state law which mandates the city spend 60 days mediating with employee unions and others with a claim on city funds," according to the station.

Former U.S. Attorney Debra Wong Yang stepped down from the Board of Police Commissioners, reports the Los Angeles Times. During her time on the panel, Yang missed a quarter of the meetings, according to the newspaper. "I found that my professional and personal demands were greater than ever," she said.

The political director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Rusty Hicks, has been called up by the U.S. Navy Reserve for duty in Afghanistan, according to the LA Weekly.

KCRW's "Which Way, L.A.?" talks about high-speed rail and the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Council members Jan Perry and Jose Huizar will reopen the lawn of City Hall at 10 a.m.




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