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Council deputy files lawsuit against West Hollywood and John Duran

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

West Hollywood City Council deputy Ian Owens has filed a lawsuit against the city and Councilman John Duran, alleging unfair treatment, sexual harassment and soliciting bribes. The lawsuit was filed by the law firm Rushovich Mehtani LLP on behalf of Owens on May 20. “In short, Mr. Owens alleges that he has been subjected to [...] [...more]

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Commission gives green light to Academy Museum plan

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Project next moves to city council committee

The proposed Academy Museum has passed another hurdle — this time more smoothly — on its way to becoming fully realized. The Los Angeles Planning Commission voted 6-0 last Thursday to support the project virtually unchanged from the plans outlined in its final environmental impact report, almost a month after the Mid-City West Community Council [...] [...more]

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Ryu declared victor in 4th District race

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Candidate outlasts Ramsay in runoff campaign

In the last hour before his 4th District city council campaign concluded Tuesday night, candidate David Ryu drove three people to a polling location. He knocked on his last door at 7:55 p.m., just five minutes before polls closed. He said his campaign staff and volunteers were no different, and because of their hard work, [...] [...more]

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Concrete repairs coming to Hancock Park, finally

By Jonathan Van Dyke, 5/21/2015

Residents worked for years to have streets fixed

After five years of requesting concrete repairs on the streets of Hancock Park, residents’ wishes will finally be granted. The Los Angeles Board of Public Works unanimously approved improvements to five intersections in the neighborhood, with work scheduled to begin on June 15. “We’re certainly happy that it’s been approved and it will be done,” [...] [...more]

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Council approves plan to raise minimum wage to $15 by 2020

By Dana Bell, 5/21/2015

Business owners warn plan may cause prices to go up

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14-1 on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020. The minimum wage would be raised incrementally each year until 2020, where it would then be tied to the consumer price index for urban wage earners and clerical workers. Small businesses with [...] [...more]

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Tree removal plan to be reviewed at meeting

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Metro could start cutting down trees if city gives approval

Notices have been posted on trees along Wilshire Boulevard sidewalks and medians indicating they are scheduled for removal as part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro) Purple Line subway project. Metro construction relations manager Kasey Shuda said the posting gives the public a 30-day notice about a hearing on the trees that [...] [...more]

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Transient found dead inside burning building in WeHo

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Authorities investigate death to determine if foul play was involved

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the death of a man who was found unconscious on May 21 inside a burning building in West Hollywood. Authorities believe the unidentified victim was a transient who had been living inside the vacant structure at 9080 Santa Monica Blvd. The building, located just west of Doheny [...] [...more]

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Fire damages Little Spain at the Original Farmers Market

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

LAFD is investigating the cause of the blaze

An early-morning fire erupted on May 15 inside an office located above the Little Spain restaurant at the Original Farmers Market. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said a witness called 911 at approximately 4:17 a.m. to report the blaze above the restaurant near the corner of 3rd Street and Fairfax Avenue. Firefighters arrived [...] [...more]

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Helicopter noise issue reaches impasse

By Pat Morgan, 5/21/2015

Residents’ groups claim little progress is being made

A citizens group formed to address concerns over noise generated by low-flying helicopters in Los Angeles County is refocusing its efforts following a recent report issued by the Federal Aviation Administration. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, citing a report from the Federal Aviation Administration, announced on April 21 that “significant progress” has been made in [...] [...more]

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LAUSD afterschool coach charged with molestation

By Edwin Folven, 5/21/2015

Defendant previously worked at Cahuenga and Vine Street schools

A 42-year-old Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employee who worked for the district’s Youth Services afterschool program was arrested on May 13 and charged with nine felony counts of engaging in a lewd act with a child. The defendant, Ronnie Lee Roman, of San Fernando, is accused of molesting seven victims when he worked [...] [...more]

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