AHF submits another ballot petition

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has submitted approximately 103,000 signatures to the Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office in support of a Nov. 4 ballot initiative that would create a city commission to examine health-related issues. The foundation was required to have 67,000 signatures from residents registered to vote in Los Angeles, but collected over 35,000 more [...]

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Police increase patrols in Jewish community

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

Police increased patrols around Jewish facilities in the local area this week in conjunction with the beginning of Passover on Monday, and in response to the murders of three people outside Jewish community centers in the Kansas City area last weekend by an avowed white supremacist. Los Angeles Police Department spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said no [...]

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Injured cyclist prepares to ‘finish the ride’ he started

By Edwin Folven, 4/17/2014

A little more than a year after being struck by a hit and run driver and dragged for more than 600 feet under the vehicle, Hollywood resident Damian Kevitt has returned to cycling and will be joined by hundreds of other cyclists for an event he organized — “Finish the Ride” on Sunday, April 27. [...]

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Map may rattle some WeHo projects

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

West Hollywood continues analysis of Alquist-Priolo map

The city of West Hollywood is working to determine how it may be impacted by the Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Map in Hollywood, which was released by the California Geological Survey in January. The preliminary map showed that the Hollywood Fault runs through Hollywood to West Hollywood, where the fault runs along Sunset Boulevard. The [...]

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Nonprofit café to employ the previously homeless

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

Step Up on Vine gets $420,000 to kickstart job training program

A Hollywood organization that houses the previously homeless and provides them services is looking to “step up” its game after the Los Angeles City Council approved $420,000 to benefit its job training program. Step Up on Vine opened its three-story facility in March 2012, and its 34 units have since been occupied. The organization is [...]

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City may develop seismic rating system

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

During his State of the City speech last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti set lofty goals for the city of Los Angeles, including the elimination of the city’s gross receipts tax and an earthquake rating system for buildings in the city. From the Wallis Annenberg Building at the California Science Center, he said the city has [...]

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Carolyn Ramsay to leave city hall

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

CD 4 steps down as LaBonge’s chief of staff to campaign

Los Angeles City Council District 4 candidate Carolyn Ramsay has announced her intention to step down from her post as Councilman Tom LaBonge’s chief of staff to focus on her campaign full time. Ramsay made the announcement last Thursday, saying she plans to leave the Council District 4 office at the end of April. “The [...]

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District remembers bus crash victims

By Aaron Blevins, 4/17/2014

Assistance funds have been set up for affected families

A local student survived the tragic bus crash on Interstate 5 near Orland last Thursday that claimed the lives of five Southern California students who were on their way to visit Humboldt State University. A student from Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools was on board when the crash occurred, as were 18 other Los Angeles [...]

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Wounded LAPD officer released from hospital

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

Suspect in critical condition after shooting

A Los Angeles Police Department officer who was shot seven times during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect in the lobby of the West Traffic Division on April 7 was released from the hospital on Tuesday night, and is recovering at home. LAPD spokeswoman Rosario Herrera said the suspect in the shooting, Daniel Yealu, [...]

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LAUSD students involved in fatal collision

By Aaron Blevins, 4/11/2014

The status of several Los Angeles Unified School District students is uncertain after a charter bus filled with students from Southern California crashed on Interstate 5 near Orland at 5:41 p.m. on Thursday. The crash reportedly occurred after a FedEx truck collided with the charter bus that was en route to Humboldt State University. According [...]

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Sheriff’s deputies mistakenly shoot victims

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mistakenly shot and killed a victim while responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call on April 7 at an apartment on Palm Avenue, the department announced on Thursday. John Winkler, 30, was shot once by police after deputies mistook him for the suspect, Alexander McDonald, [...]

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Bill Clinton: Organize for tomorrow

By Aaron Blevins, 4/10/2014

Former president holds infrastructure conference at city hall

President Bill Clinton visited Los Angeles on April 3 and talked infrastructure with Mayor Eric Garcetti during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) 21st Century Infrastructure and Innovation for a Resilient Economy Conference held at city hall. CGI, established in 2005 by Clinton, brings global leaders together to find innovative solutions to the world’s most challenging [...]

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Ruling keeps subway project on track

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

School district and city still determining whether to appeal

The Purple Line Extension project received a green light to move forward on April 2, when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of transit authorities in a lawsuit that could have derailed plans to tunnel under Beverly Hills High School. Judge John A. Torribio ruled that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation [...]

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Officer-involved shooting leaves one suspect dead

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

24-year-old man allegedly lunged at sheriff’s deputy

Editor’s note: This story was updated on April 10 at 4 p.m. See “Sheriff’s deputies mistakenly shoot victims” above. Deputies from the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station shot and killed a 24-year-old suspect on Monday after the man allegedly attacked them at an apartment building at 939 Palm Ave. Deputies responded to a report of an [...]

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Vandals strike temple on Fairfax

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

LAPD is investigating whether incident was a hate crime

Detectives are searching for a suspect or suspects who threw rocks through three stained glass windows at a synagogue in the 500 block of South Fairfax Ave. on March 28, and are investigating whether the incident was a hate crime or vandalism. Rabbi David Tropper, of the Orthodox Ohev Shalom Congregation, said he was asleep [...]

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Lawsuit filed against Cedars-Sinai, former aide

By Aaron Blevins, 4/10/2014

No charges filed against fired hospital staffer

A lawsuit had been filed against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a former employee after a patient accused the employee of sexually assaulting her while she recovered from surgery to remove a tumor from her pancreas. The lawsuit was filed on Monday, as the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office [...]

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Police hope to jump-start investigation

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

City council reinstates $50,000 reward in Ward’s murder

The Los Angeles City Council has renewed a $50,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the murder of De’Jon Ward, a 21-year-old man from Victorville who was shot to death on July 12 after he stopped at a 7-Eleven near Venice and Crenshaw boulevards to look up directions. Los Angeles City Council President [...]

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Man shot and killed on Washington Boulevard

By Edwin Folven, 4/10/2014

Police seek leads in shooting death of 32-year-old man

A 32-year-old man was shot and killed on April 6 in the 3200 block of Washington Blvd. in an incident that investigators said was possibly gang-related. The shooting occurred at approximately 2:55 a.m., and originated outside a residence near the location on Washington Boulevard where the victim was found, said Det. Steven Katz, with the [...]

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A brush with Dr. Death in WeHo

By Aaron Blevins, 4/10/2014

Jack Kevorkian’s work on display at Gallerie Sparta

The late Dr. Jack Kevorkian — aka Dr. Death — is internationally known for his euthanasia advocacy, but few may realize that the Michigan native was a multi-talented individual. In addition to being a high-profile right-to-die proponent, Kevorkian was an accomplished artist, author, composer and inventor, and his oil paintings are now being displayed at [...]

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