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Mayor Garcetti ups city’s water conservation ante

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

L.A. to reduce fresh water usage by 20 percent

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

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

City officials praise edible parkway gardening program

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

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

'OUT for Safe Schools' initiative aims to be a game-changer

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

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

Project officials say traffic, parking issues can be mitigated

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

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

Funding to benefit students at Selma Elem., Hollywood High

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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Reward offered in Hollywood murder

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

LAPD releases photo of homicide suspect

Police have released an image of a suspect who is believed to have murdered a 54-year-old disabled Navy veteran in Hollywood on Sept. 21, and authorities are hoping a $50,000 reward that was announced on Wednesday will encourage someone with information to come forward. The victim, Louie Rodriguez, of Monterey Park, had attended the Sunset [...] [...more]

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Kinnear sentenced to 12 years

By Edwin Folven, 10/15/2014

Potential deadlocked jury leads to voluntary manslaughter change

A 27-year-old transient was sentenced on Oct. 10 to 12 years in prison for the June 2013 murder of a woman near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The defendant, Dustin Kinnear, pleaded no contest on Sept. 30 to voluntary manslaughter for the fatal stabbing of Christine Calderon, 23, on June 18, 2013. Kinnear stabbed Calderone [...] [...more]

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LAPD hopes reward generates new tips

By Edwin Folven, 10/16/2014

Police believe murder stemmed from a botched robbery

The Los Angeles City Council has approved a $50,000 reward for information that will lead police to three men who allegedly murdered a transgender woman on Oct. 2 on Melrose Avenue, just east of the Hollywood (101) Freeway. Det. K. White, with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Division, said investigators are uncertain about an [...] [...more]

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Promise Zone designation delivers

By Aaron Blevins, 10/16/2014

City receives $36 million to benefit Los Angeles students

The first round of funding from the Promise Zone designation has made its way to Los Angeles, and a portion of the $36 million will be used to benefit thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) students. On Oct. 8, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that the city has received the funding, which will also [...] [...more]

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Feuer aims to reduce gun violence in schools

10/16/2014

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Wednesday that his office has filed multiple criminal charges against a parent who allowed her juvenile son to take a loaded firearm and ammunition to a high school in Van Nuys. The charges represent the first ever filing of a criminal case by the city attorney’s office [...] [...more]

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