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Change comes from the top at LAUSD

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) stakeholders stressed harmony and stabilization moving forward after Superintendent John Deasy resigned on Oct. 16 and former superintendent Ramon Cortines was appointed in his place. The 83-year-old Cortines previously led LAUSD from 2009 to 2011, and on an interim basis in 2000. He also has been superintendent of districts [...] [...more]

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Tree removal plan begins to take root

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is rolling forward with preliminary plans for construction of the Purple Line subway extension, and is planning to remove approximately 100 trees along the four-mile stretch between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/La Cienega stations. The tree removal has generated concern among members of the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition, and [...] [...more]

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Marlborough School celebrates a milestone

In 1889, teacher Mary Caswell relocated to California and established an all-girls school in Pasadena. Little did she know that the school would continue to prepare young girls for adulthood more than a century later. Marlborough School is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and last weekend, the Los Angeles landmark hosted a party, complete [...] [...more]

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Venerable county supervisor prepares to say farewell

For the first time in 40 years, the local area will not be represented by Zev Yaroslavsky when the Los Angeles County supervisor and former Los Angeles City Council member retires on Dec. 1. In August 2012, Yaroslavsky announced that he would retire from politics at the end of his term. At the time, many [...] [...more]

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WeHo accelerates plans for safety measures

The West Hollywood City Council on Monday approved short term plans to improve public safety on busy streets, but opted to take the long route on deciding whether new traffic signals or other permanent measures are necessary. The council approved a plan to add three new electronic mobile messaging signs ahead of crosswalks to notify [...] [...more]

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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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