Mayor Garcetti ups city’s water conservation ante

In response to a “record” drought, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday set new benchmarks for water conservation in Los Angeles after signing an executive directive at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) headquarters. The directive calls for a 20-percent reduction in the city’s fresh water use by 2017 and a 50-percent reduction [...] [...more]

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Green thumbs get green light in WeHo

West Hollywood city officials are leading residents down the garden path — in a positive way — by accentuating the benefits of the city’s new edible parkway gardening program. On Tuesday, Councilwoman Abbe Land, Mayor Pro Tem John Heilman and other city staff members visited the home of Todd Hunter and Jason Currie near Santa [...] [...more]

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LGBT anti-bullying program extends to school athletics

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) launched a program on Tuesday to raise awareness about bullying and discrimination against LGBT students, and educate coaches and school athletics employees to identify signs of discrimination. Known as “Blow the Whistle Against Hate,” the program is part of the LAUSD’s “OUT for Safe Schools” teacher training initiative. [...] [...more]

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Academy Museum opposition surfaces

The 45-day comment period for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures’ draft environmental impact report (DEIR) ended on Tuesday, and at least one community group is opposing the proposed project. The Miracle Mile Residential Association’s president, Jim O’Sullivan, said the 290,000-square-foot museum will cause parking, traffic, infrastructure and public safety issues in the area while [...] [...more]

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Grants to improve school pedestrian safety

The city of Los Angeles has received $3.1 million in state funding for pedestrian safety improvements around Hollywood High School and Selma Avenue Elementary School, and will be working with school staff and parents in the near future to determine the best use for the funding. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, said [...] [...more]

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Biden: Wage boost will benefit L.A.

On the same day the Los Angeles City Council heard a proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met with local officials and business owners to discuss the benefits of paying workers more per hour. He said the motion, introduced by four city council members, would result in a $1.8 [...] [...more]

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Tides have turned in marriage equality effort

Although advocates are still trying to determine how many states will be affected by this week’s court rulings, same-sex marriage is now legal in most U.S. states for the first time in the country’s history. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Indiana, Utah and Virginia, enabling same-sex marriage [...] [...more]

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Transgender woman killed on Melrose Avenue

Police are searching for three individuals who were allegedly involved in the murder of a transgender woman who was shot to death on Oct. 1 in the 4400 block of Melrose Ave. in East Hollywood. The shooting occurred at approximately 3 a.m. near the intersection of Melrose and Kenmore avenues, just east of the Hollywood [...] [...more]

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Officials mull options to manage drought

From Sacramento to a neighborhood lawn off Sycamore Avenue, people are being asked to pitch in against the severe drought afflicting the state of California, and officials say there is plenty to do before more drastic restrictions would need to be implemented. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) has operated under Los [...] [...more]

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Student threatened with knife at elementary school

Three third-grade boys at St. James’ Episcopal School on St. Andrews Place allegedly threatened a female student with a knife in the school library on Sept. 15, according to information provided to parents by the school. LAPD Olympic Division officers responded to the school for a suspected child abuse incident and took an injury report. [...] [...more]

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