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Council weighs merit of short-term rentals

Los Angeles City Hall experienced a very “shared” day on Tuesday. After the city council approved plans to allow services like Uber and Lyft to operate at LAX, the planning, land use and management (PLUM) committee opened discussion on a motion for the city to regulate services that share rooms instead of cars. In June, [...] [...more]

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Smart bikes pedal into WeHo next spring

Less than a week after its neighbors in Los Angeles approved the Mobility Plan 2035 to coax people out of their cars, the West Hollywood City Council approved the creation and implementation of a citywide public bikeshare program. The motion from West Hollywood’s community development department directs the staff to negotiate a contract with CycleHop, [...] [...more]

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Council grapples with homeless solutions

The Los Angeles Council Committee on Homelessness and Poverty on Wednesday considered a report from the city’s chief legislative analyst and city administrative officer on ways to address encampments and the removal of property left on sidewalks and in other public locations. The report was presented in response to proposed changes to the city’s ordinances [...] [...more]

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Vision Zero sets sights to eliminate traffic fatalities

A bold, new plan put forth by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) envisions a future free of traffic-related deaths. Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the “Vision Zero” executive directive, which calls for measures to ensure mistakes on the roads do not result in injuries or death, and aims to reduce traffic-related deaths by 20 [...] [...more]

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Sunset Gordon permits may be voided

The fate of a 22-story apartment building at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street was discussed at an appellate court hearing on Aug. 25. The state court issued a tentative ruling that could invalidate the construction permits for the building. The panel is due to make an official ruling within 90 days. The [...] [...more]

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‘Safety first’ stressed at start of school year

Squeals of laughter and a touch of nervous energy filled the Hancock Park Elementary School playground as parents dropped off their children for the first day of school on Aug. 18. Kindergartners clung to their parents’ legs, not wanting to say goodbye, as 1st grade students called in delight to their friends from the last [...] [...more]

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Amendments to WeHo fur ban spark debate

The city of West Hollywood tightened its ordinance prohibiting the sale of fur on Aug. 17 to include a provision that disallows the display of fur clothing items with intention to sell them online or at another location. “This fix is to make it clear that it isn’t just the question of selling fur, the [...] [...more]

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Appeals filed against Palladium project

Kilroy Reality Corporation and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) have separately filed appeals to the Hollywood Palladium Project, a development set to erect two residential and retail towers behind the concert venue on Sunset Boulevard. Kilroy has stated that despite their attempts to work with CH Palladium, LLC., the project’s developer, the proposed towers do not [...] [...more]

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City struggles to address homeless issues

As Los Angeles city leaders grapple with the best approaches to address the growing homeless population, the Los Angeles City Council’s Committee on Homelessness and Poverty has called for a report on the feasibility of strategies for removing property from sidewalks and parks. The committee met on Aug. 12 and called for representatives of the [...] [...more]

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Teacher honored for commitment to learning

James Carmicle, an English teacher at Hollywood High School, addressed more than 1,500 students and parents at the National Society of High School Scholars’ (NSHSS) annual event on Aug. 1 at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Carmicle, a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction and the scholars’ 2011 educator of the year, said he is [...] [...more]

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