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David Ryu sworn in to L.A. City Council

By Edwin Folven, 7/01/2015

First Korean-American councilman pledges transparency and community involvement

Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu, 4th District, was officially sworn in Sunday during a ceremony held on the south steps of Los Angeles City Hall, becoming the first Korean-American member of the council. Former Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke administered the oath of office. Ryu, 39, officially joined the city council Wednesday, [...] [...more]

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Ban on digital billboards upheld

By Luis Rivas, 7/01/2015

However, planning commission to review ordinance and report back in 60 days

A citywide ban on digital billboards outside of designated sign districts has been upheld, for now. The Los Angeles City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee met Tuesday to consider proposals to amend sections of the ban, and sent the issue back to the planning commission for further review. The city department of [...] [...more]

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Funding for programs cut at Pan Pacific senior center

By Luis Rivas, 7/01/2015

Exercise classes scheduled to close on Aug. 7

Seniors may soon need to find another place to exercise this summer after funding for several senior fitness classes at the Pan Pacific Senior Activity Center have been cut by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). LAUSD’s budget for 2015-2016, which was approved by the Los Angeles Board of Education on June 23, cut [...] [...more]

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Police will crack down on illegal fireworks

By Edwin Folven, 7/01/2015

Authorities encourage viewing fireworks at sanctioned sites

People planning to light off fireworks in Los Angeles over the Fourth of July weekend are being warned that all fireworks are illegal in the city. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division will deploy a patrol car with officers who will specifically look for people lighting off fireworks. The Los Angeles Fire Department will [...] [...more]

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Patriotic parade rolls through the The Grove

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/01/2015

Organizers hope to make the parade an annual event

Shoppers were in for a star-spangled surprise Monday at The Grove when police cars, fire engines, vintage vehicles and a fife and drum corps paraded down Main Street led by grand marshall “Shotgun” Tom Kelly. Bystanders lined the American flag-decorated sidewalks to watch the Miracle Mile Civic Coalition’s first annual patriotic parade, honoring the spirit [...] [...more]

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Utility relocation work continues ahead of subway project

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Underground utility relocation work is continuing near Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in preparation for construction of the Purple Line subway extension project. This week, crews are relocating gas lines near the intersection in advance of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) subway project. Mindy Lake, a senior construction relations officer for Metro, [...] [...more]

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Two suspects sought for West Hollywood robbery

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Authorities believe crime was an isolated incident

Authorities in West Hollywood are searching for two male suspects who robbed a couple at gunpoint as they returned on June 18 to an apartment building at 1129 N. Larrabee St. Sgt. Richard Bowman, with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, said the robbery occurred at approximately 4:45 p.m. The couple pulled into a subterranean parking [...] [...more]

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Detectives investigate series of mail thefts

By Edwin Folven, 7/02/2015

Multiple crews may be committing the thefts in Wilshire Division

Investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire Division are warning residents about a series of mail thefts that have been occurring over the past month and a half. Det. Carmine Sasso, with the Wilshire Division Burglary Unit, said a male and female suspect are being sought in at least two separate thefts from a [...] [...more]

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Leaders work to improve safety in Hollywood

By Matthew Thacker, 7/02/2015

Summer brings an increase in visitors, and property crimes

With the busy summer season bringing in thousands of tourists, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Hollywood Business Improvement District want to ensure visitors and residents remain safe. Kerry Morrison, executive director of the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, said her organization works with the LAPD to address potential problems [...] [...more]

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U.S. Supreme Court extends marriage equality nationwide

By Gregory Cornfield, 7/02/2015

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 ruled 5-4 in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, eliminating bans in 13 states and extending marriage equality nationwide. Marriage equality advocates hailed the ruling Friday morning. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer called the day “extraordinary.” “Today, across [...] [...more]

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