Maven's Morning Coffee: LAPD warnings, DWP efficiencies, Villaraigosa marks Denim Day

The Los Angeles Police Department is handing out more warnings, and fewer suspensions, to officers who engage in misconduct.
The Los Angeles Police Department is handing out more warnings, and fewer suspensions, to officers who engage in misconduct.
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Today is Wednesday, April 25, 2012, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called into "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" to talk about Denim Day, which is intended to raise awareness of sexualized violence.

  • The New York Times takes a look at how the population of South Los Angeles has shifted from mostly black to mostly Latino. "This is a huge, pivotal shift, as important as any other population change or migration we’ve had in the city," Raphael J. Sonenshein, the executive director at the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA, told the paper.

  • Los Angeles police officers who are disciplined with warnings instead of suspensions are less likely to recommit the same offense, the Los Angeles Times reports. "I know it can be like biting a lemon knowing someone is getting a reprimand instead of a suspension. But so far it is working," Deputy Chief Mark Perez told the Police Commission. 

  • The Department of Water and Power will conduct an energy efficiency audit of the Los Angeles Unified School District to see if it can cut the school system's $90 million power bill, according to the Daily News. "I have been very frustrated with the fact that LAUSD is in the wrong (billing) category, and the district is the largest consumer of water and power in L.A. and DWP isn't interested in looking for a fairer way to bill the district," school board member Tamar Galatzan told the newspaper.

  • Pressers

    9:30 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck will commemorate Denim Day and call for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Peace Over Violence headquarters, 1015 Wilshire Blvd.

    1 p.m. Mayor Villaraigosa will kick off the Union Station Master Plan viewing presentation. Union Station.

    7 p.m. Mayor Villaraigosa will speak at the Los Angeles Urban League's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Awards dinner. Westin Bonaventure.


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

  • Report on redistricting plans for the Los Angeles Unified School District 

  • 9 a.m. Jobs and Business Development Committee, City Hall, room 1050
  • Report on phasing out the gross receipts tax

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

  • Recommendation to approve redistricting plans for LAUSD

  • Celebration of Denim Day

  • 2 p.m. Public Works Committee, City Hall, room 1050

  • Recommendation to approve contract for on-call architectural services
  • Announcements

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