High-capacity gun clips banned

The Los Angeles City Council strengthened the city’s restrictions on firearms Tuesday when it approved a motion banning the possession of gun magazines that hold more than 10 bullets. The motion is the latest attempt to quell gun violence in the city, and comes in the wake of recent mass shootings in Louisiana, North Carolina [...] [...more]

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Group appeals WeHo develpoment approval

The West Hollywood planning commission approved plans for a condominium project at 1028-1030 N. Kings Road on July 16, but a group against overdevelopment submitted an appeal Monday with 272 signatures calling for more responsible city planning. “In a city as geographically small as West Hollywood, how much more growth can a city sustain and [...] [...more]

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Lawmakers work to curb drone interference

After drones interfered with firefighters’ efforts to stop the “North Fire” that jumped Interstate 15 earlier this month, lawmakers at the state and federal levels voiced disapproval and introduced legislation to curb the potentially life-threatening disturbances. A drone, or unmanned aircraft system (UAS), has interfered with firefighters’ operations several times in California this year. Firefighters’ [...] [...more]

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Suspect pleads not guilty to shotgun murder

A 31-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to killing a woman with a shotgun in Hollywood on July 5 as she walked with her boyfriend near McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard. Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, a resident of the Mid-City area, is being held without bail. He has been charged with one count of murder [...] [...more]

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Pool to make a big splash in Hollywood

Just in time for this summer’s heat wave, the new Hollywood Pool will open on Monday, Aug 3 after a two-year renovation. The pool, located at 1122 Cole Ave., near the intersection of Cole and Lexington avenues, will be open to the public for recreational swimming, as well as lap swimming and swim lessons. Diving [...] [...more]

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D.A. issues warning about vacation rental scams

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is warning senior citizens about vacation rental scams in which people advertise properties that they do not own on classified ad websites and include eye-catching photographs. Once the would-be renter inquires, a fake landlord collects an upfront “security deposit” and flees with the money. The victims are often [...] [...more]

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Group vows to fight to keep Barham offramp

Despite a judge dismissing their lawsuit on Monday, members of Keep The Barham Ramp said they aren’t done trying to save the offramp on the Hollywood (101) Freeway. The lawsuit was ruled to be past the statute of limitations of the environmental impact report (EIR) for the NBCUniversal Evolution Plan to expand the theme park, [...] [...more]

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Supervisors boost minimum wage

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a plan Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in unincorporated county areas to $15 by July 1, 2020. The plan, spearheaded by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, 3rd District, mirrors a plan passed by the city of Los Angeles that increases wages to $15 by 2020. [...] [...more]

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Encampments spring up as homelessness rises

A 16 percent countywide increase in homelessness is evident in Hollywood, with encampments popping up 1on sidewalks and in open spaces along busy thoroughfares and near the Hollywood (101) Freeway. The increase is causing concern about crime and a lack of services, and has prompted city officials and stakeholders to look at ways to address [...] [...more]

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City approves Metro plan to remove trees on Wilshire

The Los Angeles Board of Public Works unanimously approved a plan Wednesday to remove 82 trees on Wilshire Boulevard as part of the Purple Line Extension subway project. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will remove the trees to make way for subway station construction at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Fairfax [...] [...more]

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