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  • Men's group objects to women's self-defense classes in Glendale

    Men's group objects to women's self-defense classes in Glendale
    A men's group is objecting to Glendale offering free self-defense classes to women only, saying the city is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination. The National Coalition for Men outlined its...
  • Who should pay for quake-proofing L.A.?

    Who should pay for quake-proofing L.A.?
    The city of Los Angeles is finally getting serious about retrofitting the soft-story wood frame apartment buildings and the brittle concrete ones that are at risk of collapsing during a substantial earthquake. The soft-story Northridge Meadows apartment...
  • Eric Garcetti scraps LAFD hiring process, says it's 'fatally flawed'

    Eric Garcetti scraps LAFD hiring process, says it's 'fatally flawed'
    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, responding to a barrage of criticism about a Fire Department hiring system that eliminated thousands of qualified applicants, announced Thursday afternoon that he is scrapping the process. "I have determined that the...
  • Bill would disclose donors to Cal lawmakers' trips

    Bill would disclose donors to Cal lawmakers' trips
    SACRAMENTO -- A state senator wants nonprofit groups that treat lawmakers to trips to disclose the companies and other interests whose donations cover the expenses. Every year, several legislators travel to Hawaii and other exotic locales for...
  • Earthquake preparedness is finally embraced by L.A. movers and shakers

    Earthquake preparedness is finally embraced by L.A. movers and shakers
    Do I have special powers? people have asked. Not that I'm consciously aware of. Yes, it's true that in my Sunday column I noted we were certain to have more earthquakes and ought to do more to prepare for them, as San Francisco has. And the next day...
  • Report recommends L.A. sales-tax hike to fund street repairs

    Report recommends L.A. sales-tax hike to fund street repairs
    One year after Los Angeles voters rejected a sales tax increase, the City Council is looking at trying again — this time by tying the money to the repair of the city's deteriorating network of streets. Two high-level City Hall policy advisors...
  • California Legislature considers ethics reform bills

    California Legislature considers ethics reform bills
    SACRAMENTO — Trying to counter ethics scandals in which lawmakers stand accused of voter fraud, bribery, money laundering and other misdeeds, Democratic leaders Thursday proposed sweeping changes to state political laws aimed at restoring public...
  • In La Habra Heights, llama poop leads to civic enragement

    In La Habra Heights, llama poop leads to civic enragement
    The problems in La Habra Heights started with llama poop. Phil and Aida Lough were so convinced their eco-friendly fertilizer — Llama Brew — was their ticket to success that they tried to entice investors on ABC's reality show, "The Shark...
  • Beekeepers urge L.A. council to allow backyard hives

    Beekeepers urge L.A. council to allow backyard hives
    Backyard beekeepers are urging the city to allow Angelenos to keep hives at home, joining the ranks of cities such as New York and Santa Monica that already permit the practice in residential areas. The Los Angeles City Council is slated to vote...
  • Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh steps on some toes as he remakes downtown Vegas

    Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh steps on some toes as he remakes downtown Vegas
    LAS VEGAS — He's a painfully private entrepreneur with very public dreams for this city's decaying downtown core. Around Sin City, giddy officials are heralding online shoe retailer Tony Hsieh as a visionary, the latest in a line of moneyed Las...
  • Jay Leno's top joke targets were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson

    Jay Leno's top joke targets were Bill Clinton and O.J. Simpson
    Jay Leno steps down from his role as host of "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, a position he has held almost continuously since 1992. He has more than 4,600 shows under his belt -- that's a lot of monologue jokes. Bill Clinton was one of the biggest...