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L.A. city leaders question financial risk of hosting 2024 Olympic Games

The deadline is looming to submit another round of bid materials to the International Olympic Committee, but many Los Angeles city leaders continue to have questions about what legal and financial protections will be in place should L.A. be awarded the 2024 Summer Games. The second round of bid...

  • Ousted L.A. fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors

    Ousted L.A. fire marshal claims corruption among city fire inspectors

    A top Los Angeles Fire Department official is alleging corruption in the city inspection programs he once administered as part of a $5-million retaliation claim filed Tuesday. Deputy Chief John Vidovich was removed from his post as fire marshal last month after a two-year tenure that was marred...

  • L.A. wants to delay when employers may ask about criminal histories

    L.A. wants to delay when employers may ask about criminal histories

    A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to prohibit most employers in the city from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional offer has been made. State and local governments in California are already prevented from asking whether a person has ever been...

  • Bullet train route across Big Tujunga Wash meets growing opposition

    Bullet train route across Big Tujunga Wash meets growing opposition

    The Big Tujunga Wash, among Southern California’s most powerful and least developed rivers,  is at ground zero of a growing political battle over the route the California bullet train would take as it enters the Los Angeles basin. The wash carries more than 5 billion gallons per year along a section...

  • A new look for L.A.'s trendy Arts District

    A new look for L.A.'s trendy Arts District

    Good morning. It is Saturday, Sept. 24. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES A new downtown: There’s an audacious plan that would further expand the downtown L.A. skyline. Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron would build a massive, 14.5-acre mixed complex...

  • L.A. River project comes with $250-million price tag

    L.A. River project comes with $250-million price tag

    Good morning. It is Friday, Sept. 23. A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a bear cub trapped in a Dumpster in Mammoth Lakes. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES A star is born Young performers looking for a break in Hollywood may believe that winning a Young Artist...

  • A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million

    A 'crown jewel' of the L.A. River project could cost $252 million

    A plan for turning a former rail yard next to the Los Angeles River into park space, wetlands and other amenities could cost more than $252 million, city analysts said in a report Thursday. The City Council voted in May to allocate $40 million for the purchase of the vacant site, which is owned by...

  • L.A. City Council members vent over distracted drivers and pedestrians

    L.A. City Council members vent over distracted drivers and pedestrians

    Los Angeles City Council members have a message for drivers and pedestrians more focused on sipping lattes, texting friends and reapplying mascara than on getting home safely: Knock it off.  A routine vote Wednesday on whether to accept a $500,000 grant to promote Vision Zero turned into a passionate discussion...

  • L.A. taps Long Beach engineer as petroleum czar

    L.A. taps Long Beach engineer as petroleum czar

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday that he was tapping a Long Beach petroleum engineer to oversee oil and gas operations in the city, filling a job that had not been held full time for decades. Garcetti and his staff praised Uduak-Joe Ntuk, newly chosen as petroleum administrator, as...

  • This pension deal cost Californians billions of dollars

    This pension deal cost Californians billions of dollars

    Good morning. It is Monday, Sept. 19. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti documented the Rams’ home opener Sunday with this hashtag on Instagram. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Pension pains When Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill that provided state employees with retirement benefits...

  • L.A. expands homeless outreach program

    L.A. expands homeless outreach program

    A program intended to connect homeless Angelenos with housing and social services will expand into South Los Angeles next month, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday. The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement initiative launched in the San Fernando Valley in May. The program connects L.A. Police...

  • UC system welcomes most diverse class ever

    UC system welcomes most diverse class ever

    Good morning. It is Friday, Sept. 16. Dodger Yasiel Puig threw a ball into the crowd at the end of a game against the Yankees and one unfortunate fan caught the ball with her face. Ouch. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Classroom diversity The University of California...

  • L.A. Council President Herb Wesson names himself temporary overseer of Valley district

    L.A. Council President Herb Wesson names himself temporary overseer of Valley district

    Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Thursday that he has chosen himself to temporarily manage the San Fernando Valley district that had been represented by Felipe Fuentes. Wesson, whose own council district stretches from Koreatown to South Los Angeles, will oversee services in...

  • Will Venice become its own city?

    Will Venice become its own city?

    Good morning. It is Thursday, Sept. 15. Judges are starting to move into the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. You can’t miss it — the building looks like a floating cube. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Venice has morphed from a counter-culture stronghold...

  • Mayor Eric Garcetti promises free community-college tuition as Jill Biden helps launch L.A. initiative

    Mayor Eric Garcetti promises free community-college tuition as Jill Biden helps launch L.A. initiative

    Speaking in a theater packed with cheering students, Mayor Eric Garcetti reiterated his promise Wednesday to make one year of community college free for eligible high school graduates, beginning next year. Inside the doors of Los Angeles City College’s El Camino Theater, a band played while staff distributed promotional...

  • DWP customers will have to keep waiting for refunds

    DWP customers will have to keep waiting for refunds

    L.A. Department of Water and Power officials announced more than a year ago that they would refund tens of millions of dollars to Angelenos who were overbilled because of a faulty computer system. But customers are still waiting and it will be 2017 before they see any money. Under a $44-million...

  • Rams reach deal with L.A. city officials to pay for stadium security

    Rams reach deal with L.A. city officials to pay for stadium security

    Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke has agreed to pay for security provided by Los Angeles police officers at football games, ending weeks of confusion over who should pick up the bill for police patrols for L.A.’s renascent NFL franchise. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the deal Tuesday, saying...

  • Loretta Sanchez faces Kamala Harris, apathy in U.S. Senate race

    Loretta Sanchez faces Kamala Harris, apathy in U.S. Senate race

    Good morning. It is Tuesday, Sept. 13. This Southern California hike will take you straight to a haunted house (allegedly). Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES New overtime protections A bill that will provide overtime pay to California’s farmworkers after eight hours...

  • Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    Ed Edelman, crusading L.A. County supervisor, dead at 85

    Ed Edelman, the longtime Los Angeles County supervisor whose crusading policymaking influenced many aspects of local life including child welfare, health services and environmental preservation, has died. He was 85.  During his 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, Edelman championed efforts to...

  • Garcetti panel revokes building permits over illegal tree chopping

    Garcetti panel revokes building permits over illegal tree chopping

    The Los Angeles Board of Public Works moved Friday to punish a developer that illegally cut down three trees in Brentwood, saying the move would send a message to property owners about flouting the city's urban forestry rules. The panel, made up of appointees of Mayor Eric Garcetti, voted unanimously...

  • L.A. voters to decide this fall whether to overhaul how the DWP is run

    L.A. voters to decide this fall whether to overhaul how the DWP is run

    Los Angeles voters will face yet another decision this fall at the polls: Whether to revamp the way that the Department of Water and Power is governed. The City Council voted Friday to add the proposal to the growing list of issues jostling for attention on the November ballot, which is already...

  • 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...

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