L.A. Today: Rizzo, Transportation, and More
Rizzo’s attorneys said he will not dispute many facts in the case, but will argue whether his actions were, in fact, legal, the Los Angeles Times reported. The preliminary hearing will continue today.
- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., are holding a hearing today in L.A. over transportation policy as Congress looks to pass its long-delayed transportation bill. Expect L.A. officials to push heavily for the 30/10 plan, which would leverage federal funds to speed up local transportation projects. Also, the discussion may turn to California’s high-speed rail, which Mica has been critical of. However, during the hearing’s stop Tuesday in Frenso, the Florida congressman signaled he wanted to discuss other issues, and not get into a “local food fight outside on the high-speed rail project," the Fresno Bee said. Supporters and detractors had been holding dueling rallies outside the Fresno meeting, the Bee explains.
- The ACLU has filed suit against the FBI for violating the rights of local Muslims by hiring an informant to target their mosques, the L.A. Times reports.
- In a bizarre story, four Manhattan Beach officers will be fired for allegedly covering up a hit and run accident, the Daily Breeze says.
- And finally, the Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to discuss absorbing $930 million in CRA funds today in order to preempt Gov. Brown’s proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies. For weeks, the council has delayed its decision, pushing the issue to a further date.
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