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Today is Tuesday, April 3, 2012, and here is what’s happening in Los Angeles:
- Speaking at a conference in Washington, D.C., Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa rejected a study that found the city’s decline in gang activity was not related to its Gang Reduction and Youth Development programs, reports the Los Angeles Times. “Our anti-gang efforts are broadly supported and generally praised as being among the best of their kind anywhere in the country,” the mayor said.
- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was on with Doug McIntyre on KABC Radio yesterday for what turned out to be an awkward and uncomfortable interview when McIntyre questioned the choice of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as chair of the Democratic National Convention. “With all due respect, I find your comments disappointing and borderline offensive,” Wasserman Schultz said, after McIntyre pointed out Los Angeles cannot pave its sidewalks and could face bankruptcy in another year or two.
- The Downtown News had some fun at the expense of the Los Angeles Fire Department and its response times. “For years the fine men and women of the LAFD, when not hazing rookies, have put out fires as quickly as possible … according to data generated by the yeti that lives in my backyard, we responded to 86 percent of the city’s fires before they even started.”
9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820
- Verbal report on response times
- Verbal report on releasing information to the media
- Report from the Inspector General on financial disclosure
- An analysis of assaults on police officers
- Report on the city’s public Carshare program
- Presentation from the Department of Water and Power on the feed-in-tariff program
- Resolution responding to civil Grand Jury reports
- Department of Animal Services’ response to audits on fiscal operations
Mayoral candidate Councilman Eric Garcetti will speak at Loyola Marymount University’s urban lecture series today at 5 p.m.
On this evening’s “Which Way, L.A.?” host Warren Olney will moderate a debate between Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, Mark Reed and Susan Shelley. The show will air at 7 p.m. on KCRW 89.9 FM.
Time Warner Cable will air “Paths to Power: Advancing Women in Politics” on April 10 at 10 a.m.
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