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Maven's Morning Coffee: Jan Perry on pensions, LAPD warns of layoffs, a look at voter turnout statewide

L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry wants city workers to pay more into their pension and health care plans.
L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry wants city workers to pay more into their pension and health care plans.
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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 Friday, Nov. 9, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


In a mayoral-type address, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry said city workers need to pay more money into their pension and healthcare plans, reports KPCC. Perry's proposal would raise $44 million a year -- less than what's needed to cover the city's deficit.

Police Chief Charlie Beck warns that the Los Angeles Police Department will have layoffs unless the city increases its sales tax by half a percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. As many as 500 police officers could be impacted. "I don't want to panic my workforce. But I wouldn't be here if I didn't think it was a severe threat on public safety in Los Angeles," he told The Times.

Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon lost his bid for state Assembly, which means his 20-year political career could be coming to an end. "The people let you know when they feel it's time for a change," he told the Daily News.

Which Way, LA? looks at the future of the Republican Party in California.

About a million fewer Californians voted in 2012 as compared to 2008, but early results show young voters made it to the polls, according to KPCC. "That's partly because the millennial generation is more engaged in everything – politics, news, social media. But the political parties also reached out to young voters," the station reports.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles City Council will celebrate American Indian Heritage Month at 10 a.m. at City Hall.


8:30 a.m. Public Safety Committee, City Hall, room 1010

8:30 a.m. Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber

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


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