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Maven's Morning Coffee: tax increase for county fire, cleanup plans on Skid Row, Mike Antonovich in North Korea

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to increase a county fire tax.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering a proposal to increase a county fire tax.
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Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, public meetings and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day.

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Today is Wednesday, Aug. 29, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Los Angeles County supervisors are concerned about a proposal to increase the fire protection district tax by 2 percent, reports the Los Angeles Times. The increase "isn't going to solve your problem," Supervisor Gloria Molina told county fire officials in regards to the department's structural deficit.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told reporters in Tampa that the Republican Party "can’t just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect people are going to vote for your party or your candidate," according to Politico.

A Los Angeles Times editorial backs a proposal to move the city's trash pickup at apartment buildings and businesses to a non-exclusive franchise. "Current haulers operating in Los Angeles are already organized, so the push for an exclusive franchise system is less about workers being protected by union agreements than it is about consolidating power in a particular union that then can pull its strings at City Hall. That's not what Los Angeles need," according to the newspaper.. A Los Angeles City Council committee will consider the proposal later today.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich is in North Korea at the invitation of the Pacific Council on International Policy, reports the Daily News.

BlogDowntown looks at what the mayoral candidates would do to clean up Skid Row.


8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010

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

2 p.m. Energy and Environment Committee with Ad Hoc Committee on Waste Reduction and Recycling, City Hall, Council Chamber


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