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Council weighs merit of short-term rentals

By Gregory Cornfield, 8/26/2015

PLUM committee examines taxes and impacts on neighbors

Los Angeles City Hall experienced a very “shared” experience 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

By Gregory Cornfield, 8/26/2015

Riders will rent bikes for trips around the city

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

By Edwin Folven, 8/26/2015

Encampment clean up efforts continue

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

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 8/26/2015

Focus is on pedestrian and cycling safety

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

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 8/26/2015

State court to issue ruling within 90 days

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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Retailers who sell tobacco to minors will get burned

By Edwin Folven, 8/26/2015

State court to issue ruling within 90 days

The Los Angeles City Council has implemented a 30-day license suspension for retailers caught selling tobacco products to minors. The change to the city’s existing tobacco retailer permit ordinance was authored by Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, and will go into effect on Sept. 30. It brings the city in line with [...] [...more]

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Wilshire Division auto theft detail arrests alleged burglar

By Edwin Folven, 8/27/2015

Patrol assigned to reduce vehicle-related crimes

Patrol officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division arrested an auto burglary suspect early Sunday morning who was targeting vehicles in the Fairfax District. The officers observed the suspect acting suspiciously near the corner of Melrose and Harper avenues on Aug. 23 at approximately 4 a.m., and watched him as he tried to [...] [...more]

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Suspects sought in clothing store burglaries

By Edwin Folven, 8/27/2015

Thieves are targeting high-end apparel retailers

Investigators are searching for a crew of burglary suspects wanted for break-ins at luxury clothing stores in the northeast area of the LAPD’s Wilshire Division along Robertson and Beverly boulevards, and Melrose Avenue. The most recent burglary occurred on Aug. 22 at approximately 12:30 a.m. at Intermix, an apparel retailer located at 110 N. Robertson [...] [...more]

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Housing for LAUSD employees topped off

By Gregory Cornfield, 8/27/2015

Project on Selma Avenue will provide affordable units

With Los Angeles’ affordable housing crisis persisting after the recession, city officials gathered last week at a “topping off” ceremony for the Selma Community Workforce Housing Project – a development that will create affordable housing on Cherokee Avenue in Hollywood for employees of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, [...] [...more]

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Synagogue Village promotes aging in place

By Jessie Lingenfelter, 8/27/2015

Aging is just another word for living, according to three local rabbis who have created a program that intends to help community members live well together. The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles recently awarded Temple Emanuel, Temple Isaiah and Congregation Kol Ami a $200,000 grant for the development of their project Synagogue Village: Meeting the Needs [...] [...more]

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