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Today is Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- The Los Angeles Times and Daily News look at the future of the Community Redevelopment Agency.
- A document intended to help recruit the Department of Water and Power‘s ratepayer advocate was obtained by KPCC 89.3 FM. The brochure was put together by Ralph Andersen & Associates, which is assisting the city with the search.
- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talked to CBS 2 about the guilt and shame of growing up in a home with domestic violence. “Being with my little sister, hiding under the bed, hearing the screaming – we had to witness the terror that comes with watching your mom getting beat … Those scenes that get repeated in your mind are images you never forget,” Villaraigosa told the television station.
- The city of Los Angeles is moving forward with an ordinance that would prevent a contractor from receiving a new permit if he is in violation of codes and regulations, reports Curbed LA. The “Clean Hands” ordinance is modeled after a similar law enforced by Los Angeles County.
8:30 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at Holman United Methodist Church.
11 a.m. Mayor Villaraigosa will speak at Marymount College’s Waterfront Campus grand opening.
8:30 a.m. Housing, Community and Economic Development Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Report on implications of shutting down community redevelopment agencies
- CRA report on fiscal year 2010-11
- Report on expenditures from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
- Report on impact of U.S. Postal Office closures
- Discussion on closure of community redevelopment agencies
- Approval of personnel ordinances for city departments
- Recommendation to accept funding to hire employee to work on Measure R projects
- Discussion and recap of public hearings on redistricting
- Update on outreach program
- Recommendation to create Ad Hoc Regional Line Drawing Committee
The Mayor’s Office is losing two press aides. Rachel Kruer is leaving to become the campaign manager for Brian Johnson’s race in the Assembly’s 46th District. Casey Hernandez is moving to Chicago to work as the regional director for paid media for President Obama’s reelection campaign.
Today is Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes‘ birthday.
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