Taking steps to counter terrorism

On the heels of the 13th remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition on Wednesday hosted its annual safety summit to discuss emergency preparedness and homeland security. City officials and first responders attended the event, which was moderated by USC adjunct professor Dr. Erroll Southers. Panelists were Colonel Jeff [...] [...more]

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Community court system tries its hand at justice

Members of the community could soon have an opportunity to help address quality of life crimes in their neighborhoods as part of the Los Angeles City Attorney Office’s Neighborhood Justice Program. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer last week announced the launch of the pilot program, which will create a community court in South Los [...] [...more]

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LAYN opens new emergency shelter

Former Los Angeles Youth Network (LAYN) resident Jevon Wilkes recently discovered that a home can be defined as a place of origin, and that origin can be described as a point in which a new life begins or starts its own existence. He said those words could also be used to define LAYN’s new emergency [...] [...more]

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Festival mines local talent at the La Brea Tar Pits

Large crowds are expected to converge on the grounds of the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, Sept. 20, for TARFEST 2014, a festival of music and art that showcases up-and-coming local talent. TARFEST, which is now in its 12th year, has grown annually to include live art demonstrations, [...] [...more]

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Metro implements fare increases

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) on Monday implemented fare changes that will generally increase the cost of riding Metro buses and trains throughout Los Angeles County. However, the alterations include a two-hour period of free transfers that will allow riders to switch buses or trains without paying additional money, as long as [...] [...more]

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Oxnard celebrates 10 years after ‘Sideways’

The Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering citywide discounts and specials for visitors to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the film, “Sideways”. The movie featured Jack (played by Thomas Haden Church) and Miles (played by Paul Giamatii) making their way up the Central Coast on a wine adventure, stopping for a short visit in [...] [...more]

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Officers honored for courageous acts

Their stories involved a life-and-death hostage situation, a gun battle that led to a manhunt through Koreatown, a shootout with innocent bystanders at risk and a rescue attempt on the San Diego (405) Freeway. Those were just a few of the incidents detailed in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland last Thursday, when [...] [...more]

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City attorney hopes pilot project makes the grade

The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has deployed a slate of resources to help ensure school safety at four L.A. campuses as part of its Neighborhood School Safety Program, a pilot project launched last week. Joseph Le Conte Middle School in Hollywood was among the school sites selected. Officials will look to alleviate a variety [...] [...more]

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Parents continue to fight LAUSD special ed policies

After a judge ruled against their motion to intervene in a class-action lawsuit, two parents who oppose the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) recent special education policy changes have filed an appeal. A lawyer representing the parents — Mina Lee and Frances Moreno — filed their opening brief at the end of August. They [...] [...more]

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Street improvement effort raises new safety concerns

According to some residents of Laurel Canyon, the only two homes on Bulwer Drive have been a nuisance and eyesore for more than 20 years, providing a hub for drug use, partying and prostitution. Now, after purchasing the properties, a developer is looking to improve Bulwer Drive, a project that some residents believe will enable [...] [...more]

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