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Today is Tuesday, March 27, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- A white officer with the Los Angeles Police Department has been accused of targeting Latino drivers in traffic stops, according to the Los Angeles Times. This is the department’s first substantiated case of biased policing.
- A former school police officer who staged his own shooting in 2011 will repay the city of Los Angeles $309,000, reports the Los Angeles Times. “It’s highly unusual to receive such a large amount in a lump sum, but we welcome receiving the money,” said William Carter with the City Attorney’s Office.
- According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area is the most densely populated in the country, reports Curbed LA. The area has 7,000 people per square mile.
- The Los Angeles Times takes a look at anonymous online political attacks, including the Monopoly-style ad attacking Councilman Richard Alarcon. “Where I grew up, when you had something to say to someone, you said it to their face,” Alarcon told the newspaper.
10 a.m. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak at the opening of Alaska Airlines’ new terminal at LAX.
11:30 a.m. Mayor Villaraigosa will speak at the Marriott International Worldwide General Manager Meeting Day of Service at Roosevelt High School.
9 a.m. Information Technology and General Services Committee, City Hall, room 1010
- Report on the city’s cell phone plans
- Cost analysis of photo red light program
- Report on Gang Enforcement Detail and CLEAR selection criteria
- Recommendation to approve parking contract for LA/Ontario Airport
- Recommendation that the neighborhood budget advocates make a presentation to council on April 11
- Review of controller’s audit on DWP’s renewable energy portfolio
- Resolution to send DWP’s 2012-13 budget to city council
Mayoral candidate Councilwoman Jan Perry will speak at Loyola Marymount University’s urban lecture series today at 5 p.m.
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