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Today is Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- In Rick Orlov‘s Tipoff column, Austin Beutner talks Farmers Field, Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman face off in Tarzana, and rumors continue over whether the mayor will become a member of President Obama’s cabinet.
- The New York Post recaps Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pre-Oscar fete at Getty House. The New York Times was there, too, describing the mayor as ” in his usual spot — surrounded by a passel of beautiful women.”
- Mayoral debates planned by Cerrell Associates have been canceled, according to the LA Weekly.
- Labor groups are upset that Wal-Mart is set to open a store at the edge of Chinatown, reports the Los Angeles Times. There are currently five Wal-Mart stores in the city of Los Angeles.
- How many ways are there to pronounce Councilman Joe Buscaino‘s last name? A lot, apparently.
8:45 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will attend the re-launch of the Ready, Set, Gold! program at LAUSD schools. Figueroa Street Elementary.
9 a.m. Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will name the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard and Moorpark Street in honor of Bob and Dolores Hope.
11:15 a.m. Mayor Villaraigosa and designer Tory Burch will participate in a mentoring workshop for women in business. CR&A Custom Banner.
2 p.m. Budget and Finance Committee, City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on responsible banking ordinance
- Recommendation to exempt food trucks from the city’s Parking Occupancy Tax
- Report on the Los Angeles River Improvement Overlay District
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will appear on MSNBC in the 7 p.m. hour.
Dan Schnur of USC’s Unruh Institute of Politics will moderate a discussion on redistricting today at 6:30 p.m. at the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce. Panelists will be
- Fernando Guerra of Loyola Marymount University’s Leavey Center for the Study of Los Angeles
- Raphael Sonenshein of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs
- Maria Blanco from the California Citizens Redistricting Commission
HBO will show “Game Change” this evening in an invitation-only screening.
Town Hall Los Angeles and the California Water Environmental Association will host a discussion for World Water Day on March 22. RSVP here.
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