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Maven's Morning Coffee: DA candidates debate, transit tax goes on ballot, city pools shut down

Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey and Deputy DA Alan Jackson debated last night at LAPD Headquarters.
Chief Deputy DA Jackie Lacey and Deputy DA Alan Jackson debated last night at LAPD Headquarters.
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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


A debate between the two candidates running for district attorney, Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, got testy last night at LAPD Headquarters, reports KPCC. Jackson questioned Lacey's courtroom experience and truthfulness, while Lacey pointed out Jackson's ballot title of "gang prosecutor" is not accurate.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed to place the Measure R tax extension on the November ballot, according to the Daily News. It will take a two-thirds vote of Los Angeles County voters to continue the half-cent sales tax through 2069.

Los Angeles city pools are scheduled to close Monday as part of a plan to save money once Los Angeles Unified School District schools are back in session, reports the Daily News. City officials have laid off 100 Recreation and Parks employees in the last three years and required others to take as many as 26 furlough days a year, making it difficult to staff the pools. Still, Councilman Richard Alarcon knocked staff for failing to explain the impact of budget cuts.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the announcement of Space Shuttle Endeavour's route at 9:15 a.m. In the evening, he will speak with the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics,  Dan Schnur, at USC.


9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber

2 p.m. Transportation Committee, City Hall, room 1010


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