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Santa Monica convicts its first Airbnb host under tough home-sharing laws

Santa Monica, which last year passed some of the nation’s toughest regulations on short-term rentals, has now convicted its first Airbnb host under the new law, prosecutors said.  Rental operator Scott Shatford, who listed five properties on Airbnb, was charged with eight misdemeanor counts of...

  • L.A. takes step toward new rules on short-term rentals

    L.A. takes step toward new rules on short-term rentals

    Los Angeles is one step closer to imposing new rules on Airbnb and other websites that advertise rooms — or whole homes — for short stays, including limiting the number of days places may be offered and penalizing platforms that fail to provide key information to the city. The Planning Commission...

  • Metro puts half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects on November ballot

    Metro puts half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects on November ballot

    Los Angeles County transportation officials said Thursday they will seek voter approval in November for a half-cent sales tax increase to fund a major expansion of Southern California’s rail and highway network. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors voted 11-2 to place a...

  • Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars

    Los Angeles may pass new ban on homeless people living in cars

    More than 4,600 cars and RVS were in use as living quarters this year in Los Angeles, a rise that has sparked bitter complaints that homeless people are taking up scarce street parking, dumping trash and bringing increased crime and safety risks into neighborhoods. A federal appeals court last...

  • L.A. City Council may seek bigger bond to house the homeless

    L.A. City Council may seek bigger bond to house the homeless

    Los Angeles City Council members are considering a significant boost to the size of a bond measure they say could help move tens of thousands of homeless Angelenos off the streets. The City Council decided Tuesday to weigh a proposal by Councilman Mike Bonin to pursue a $1.5-billion housing bond...

  • Deal to spend $57.6 million on LAPD body cameras clears key hurdle

    Deal to spend $57.6 million on LAPD body cameras clears key hurdle

    Los Angeles city lawmakers broke through a lengthy political logjam over police body cameras on Tuesday, clearing the way for a City Council vote on the costly initiative. After six months of delays, the council’s Public Safety Committee unanimously backed the plan for purchasing thousands of devices...

  • Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Metro officials hope to pass half-cent sales tax that would not expire

    Transportation officials said Friday that a long-discussed proposal to raise Los Angeles County’s base sales tax by a half-cent to fund transportation investments has undergone a small but significant change: The tax increase would continue indefinitely, rather than expiring after four decades. ...

  • L.A. looks to amend city ordinance to allow transgender bathroom access at parks

    L.A. looks to amend city ordinance to allow transgender bathroom access at parks

    In a show of support for transgender people, the Los Angeles City Council has introduced a motion aimed at amending an ordinance that would allow transgender people to use city park bathrooms that match their gender identity. Written by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell and co-written by council members...

  • L.A. County supervisor races yield surprises and uncertainty

    L.A. County supervisor races yield surprises and uncertainty

    A political newcomer running for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors staged an election-night surprise, inching past several better-known and better-funded opponents and possibly securing a spot in the Nov. 8 runoff, according to initial results. Darrell Park, a Democrat running...

  • Abandoned Echo Park oil wells are to be sealed off for safety

    Abandoned Echo Park oil wells are to be sealed off for safety

    Two abandoned oil wells located in the front yards of homes in Echo Park will be permanently sealed after officials learned recently that they were leaking small amounts of natural gas.    State and city officials announced Wednesday that the wells – dubbed orphan wells because there are no responsible...

  • After failed attempt, South L.A. wins Promise Zone designation, which could bring in money

    After several unsuccessful attempts, a swath of South Los Angeles won a hard-fought battle to receive “Promise Zone” designation, a move that pushes the neediest neighborhoods to the top of the list when applying for competitive federal grants to tackle issues related to poverty. Federal and local...

  • Sanders campaign accuses L.A. councilman of blocking event at Greek Theatre

    Sanders campaign accuses L.A. councilman of blocking event at Greek Theatre

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Saturday accused a Los Angeles city councilman who backs Hillary Clinton of obstructing his effort to stage a weekend campaign event at the city-owned Greek Theatre in the Hollywood Hills. Sanders’ campaign sent an announcement to supporters saying...

  • Los Angeles mourns Muhammad Ali, the activist, entertainer and icon

    Los Angeles mourns Muhammad Ali, the activist, entertainer and icon

    More than 2,500 stars line the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Only one of them has never been stepped on. Lore has it that Muhammad Ali didn’t want people to walk on the name he had taken from a prophet. And so, since Jan. 11, 2002, Ali’s star has been embedded on a wall on the north side of the 6800...

  • L.A. council backs $198.5 million in financial aid for downtown hotel project

    L.A. council backs $198.5 million in financial aid for downtown hotel project

    The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to back a $198.5-million financial aid package for a high-profile downtown hotel project that has been in the works for more than a decade. On a 12-0 vote, the council agreed to provide a combination of subsidies and loans to Related Cos., which is seeking...

  • L.A. City Council talks violence on day of UCLA shootings

    ​UCLA shooting updates: Woman who was married to UCLA shooter lived at Minnesota crime scene June 3, 2016, 10:56 a.m. What we know: Mainak Sarkar shot William S. Klug, his former professor, and then committed suicide in an engineering building at UCLA on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police say....

  • News of UCLA shooting arrives as L.A. City Council discusses gun violence

    News of UCLA shooting arrives as L.A. City Council discusses gun violence

    Wednesday’s murder-suicide shooting at UCLA took place on the same day that the Los Angeles City Council was staging a ceremony commemorating National Gun Violence Awareness Day. One activist who attended the City Hall event said it was the second time in the past year that council members have...

  • Garcetti 'heartbroken' and 'angered' after UCLA shooting

    Garcetti 'heartbroken' and 'angered' after UCLA shooting

    ​UCLA shooting updates: Woman who was married to UCLA shooter lived at Minnesota crime scene June 3, 2016, 10:56 a.m. What we know: Mainak Sarkar shot William S. Klug, his former professor, and then committed suicide in an engineering building at UCLA on Wednesday morning, Los Angeles police say....

  • Garcetti endorses Janice Hahn in race for county supervisor

    Garcetti endorses Janice Hahn in race for county supervisor

    With less than a week to go before the election, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his endorsement Wednesday of Janice Hahn in the race to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. Hahn, who was one of Garcetti’s colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council before running for the position...

  • LAFD inspectors accuse supervisors of cutting corners, ignoring fire hazards

    LAFD inspectors accuse supervisors of cutting corners, ignoring fire hazards

    A group of senior Los Angeles Fire Department inspectors says the agency has put the public at risk by cutting corners in a frantic effort to clear a backlog of thousands of large buildings overdue for safety reviews. In interviews with The Times, the inspectors said their superiors have hurriedly...

  • Tweaks to Metro's pass program could help more college students

    Tweaks to Metro's pass program could help more college students

    For years, securing a discounted student pass for the Los Angeles County bus and rail system has required plenty of patience. A clunky and little-advertised application process, combined with rules that restrict part-time students from applying, may explain why just 1% of Angelenos who are going...

  • L.A.'s homelessness math is a bit off — totals are the same but increases are smaller

    L.A.'s homelessness math is a bit off — totals are the same but increases are smaller

    When the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the 2016 homeless count earlier this month, the takeaway was grim. Homelessness was up 5.7% across the county. In the city of Los Angeles the change was even greater: a year-over-year increase of 11% The numbers suggested that the homeless...

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