Maven's Morning Coffee: parking fines, City Hall camping, Q&A with Wendy Greuel

The Los Angeles City Council will consider an ordinance today to ban tents from all city parks, including the lawn of City Hall.
The Los Angeles City Council will consider an ordinance today to ban tents from all city parks, including the lawn of City Hall.
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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 Tuesday, May 8, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


Parking fines would increase $10 under Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget, according to the Los Angeles Times, bringing street-sweeping penalties to $78.

Tents would be banned at all city parks under an ordinance that will be considered today by the Los Angeles City Council, according to the Daily News.

Angelenos may no longer be able to remotely testify before the Los Angeles City Council from locations in San Pedro and Van Nuys, reports the Daily News. The Budget and Finance Committee voted to eliminate the $46,000 it costs to equip and staff the two locations.

Los Angeles Magazine did a Q&A with mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel. "My vision of L.A. is one that allows us to say that you can really achieve your dreams," Greuel told the magazine. Also, from Greuel's young son: "If your parents ever tell you a fund-raiser is fun, don’t believe them."

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the Stamp Out Hunger press conference in Pacoima at 10:30 a.m., then attend the Miguel Contreras Foundation unveiling of the mural Gente De El Maiz at 2:30 p.m.

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Salvation Army at L.A. Live at 9 a.m.. At noon, Huizar will attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund'ssecond annual "Leaders in Education" awards, also at L.A. Live.

Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will recognize the first responders to the Griffith Park fire of 2007 at the Greek Theater at 5 p.m.


9:30 a.m. Board of Police Commissioners, LAPD Headquarters, board room Report on the financial disclosure policy for gang officers Report on folding the Office of Public Safety into the LAPD

10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, City Hall, Council Chamber Recommendation to ban tents at city parks and coordinate with the county regarding use of the City Hall and Civic Center parks Recommendation to require new stores to have on-site shopping cart containers

2 p.m. Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee, City Hall, room 1010 Review of controller's report on fuel use

2:30 p.m. Planning and Land Use Management Committee, City Hall, room 350 Presentation of the Boyle Heights Community Plan


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