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David Ryu sworn in to L.A. City Council

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, was officially sworn in Sunday during a ceremony held on the south steps of Los Angeles City Hall, becoming the first Korean-American member of the council. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke administered the oath of office. Ryu, 39, officially joined the city council Wednesday, [...] [...more]

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Ban on digital billboards upheld

A citywide ban on digital billboards outside of designated sign districts has been upheld, for now. The Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee met Tuesday to consider proposals to amend sections of the ban, and sent the issue back to the planning commission for further review. The city department of [...] [...more]

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Funding for programs cut at Pan Pacific senior center

Seniors may soon need to find another place to exercise this summer after funding for several senior fitness classes at the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center have been cut by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). LAUSD’s budget for 2015-2016, which was approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education on June 23, cut [...] [...more]

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Police will crack down on illegal fireworks

People planning to light off fireworks in Los Angeles over the Fourth of July weekend are being warned that all fireworks are illegal in the city. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division will deploy a patrol car with officers who will specifically look for people lighting off fireworks. The Los Angeles Fire Department will [...] [...more]

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Patriotic parade rolls through the The Grove

Shoppers were in for a star-spangled surprise Monday at The Grove when police cars, fire engines, vintage vehicles and a fife and drum corps paraded down Main Street led by grand marshall “Shotgun” Tom Kelly. Bystanders lined the American flag-decorated sidewalks to watch the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition’s first annual patriotic parade, honoring the spirit [...] [...more]

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U.S. Supreme Court extends marriage equality nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, eliminating bans in 13 states and extending marriage equality nationwide. Marriage equality advocates hailed the ruling Friday morning. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer called the day “extraordinary.” “Today, across [...] [...more]

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Thousands gather at WeHo ‘Decision Day’ rally

Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean said it took decades of “blood, sweat and tears” for marriage equality advocates to reach a Decision Day celebration held on Friday at West Hollywood Park. But only tears of joy remained as thousands of people gathered to applaud the United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision in the [...] [...more]

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L.A. City Council approves Academy Museum project, denies appeal

The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved plans for the Academy Museum project on Wednesday despite a challenge from a neighborhood activist organization. Fix the City group lost another round against the $300-million project when city council voted 13-0 after the Los Angeles Planning, Land Use and Management [PLUM] committee denied Fix the City vice [...] [...more]

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City bids farewell to ‘Mr. Los Angeles’

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday bid its final farewell to Councilman Tom LaBonge, who is termed out and leaving office on June 30 after representing the 4th Council District for 14 years. During a farewell ceremony for LaBonge in city council chambers, the councilman shed tears as Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike [...] [...more]

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Cemeteries cope with drought in their own way

Your front yard might be turning brown soon, if it already hasn’t — a sign of California’s drought problem and the governor’s executive order to reduce water use. But driving by Hollywood Forever or Forest Lawn cemeteries might make you wonder if those who have passed on have to cut back, too — giving new [...] [...more]

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