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July 12, 2005 | Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of restoring the cross that was removed from Los Angeles County's official government seal announced on Monday a third attempt to put the matter to a countywide vote. The issue sparked heated protests in September when the county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to remove the gold cross that had adorned the seal since 1957 rather than defend it against a threatened lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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November 5, 1995
Shame on the Los Angeles Times. The Times' article on Operation Sparkle ("Residents Pitch In to Clear Litter for Operation Sparkle") Oct. 22 was great as far as it went. There was not one word about it being a Los Angeles Police Department program. In this time of everyone bashing the LAPD, how about some credit where credit is due? Operation Sparkle was created by Deputy Chief Mark Kroeker in 1991 as a way to involve the community in making the San Fernando Valley a better place to live.
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May 4, 2002 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Unified School District has purchased a 14.4-acre site for a new middle school in the severely crowded northeast San Fernando Valley, district officials said Friday. The new school is expected to accommodate 1,629 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in 67 classrooms and relieve crowding at Fulton Middle School in Van Nuys and Sepulveda Middle School in North Hills, officials said. The $12.
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November 20, 2002 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Police would be empowered to seize the cars of people who solicit prostitutes under an ordinance proposed by Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge. Saying his 4th District constituents are fed up with crime on their doorsteps, LaBonge called for the new tool for police in their fight against street prostitution that plagues Sunset Boulevard and other areas. "If a person solicits a prostitute, their car can be impounded for 30 days" under the proposal, LaBonge said.
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September 1, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission renewed its call Friday for new rules requiring disclosure of lobbying and fund-raising efforts by those involved in the drive to break up Los Angeles. The commission recommended in December that those circulating petitions for San Fernando Valley cityhood be required to disclose who contributes to their cause, as well as the lobbyists they hire.
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September 17, 2002 | SUE FOX and PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Los Angeles lags many smaller California cities in the competition for state and federal funds, according to a study underwritten by secession backers. Breakup advocates seized on the results of the study, released Monday, as evidence that the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood would be more efficient if they split from Los Angeles. Secession opponents, however, denounced the study as biased.
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