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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2011 | By Joseph SernaLos Angeles Times
Barred by the courts from slashing its payroll by outsourcing city jobs to private companies, Costa Mesa is now exploring forming partnerships with neighboring cities to share municipal services. City officials said they are looking into sharing such things as police SWAT teams, emergency dispatch operations and animal control. Costa Mesa has become a flash point in California in the debate over government finances for its plan to reduce expenses and pension costs by cutting more than 200 workers, a drastic proposal that has caught the attention of political and labor interests throughout the state.
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OPINION
June 22, 2009 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
The Obama administration is reportedly considering backing a radical plan to shrink deteriorating American cities by bulldozing entire neighborhoods and returning the land to nature. The idea, which originated in Flint, Mich. -- cratered by the auto industry implosion -- is to persuade disintegrating and depopulated cities to embrace their shrinkage, destroy abandoned infrastructure, save money and thereby stave off fiscal ruin. The plan makes sense on some level, but it's disturbing on another.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
The decision by three California cities to seek bankruptcy protection in the space of two weeks is unlikely to presage a wave of copycat filings. But it does underscore the mounting financial pressure facing local governments around the country. Collapsing property values and entrenched unemployment have pushed cities and counties to the economic brink. Tax receipts in some locales have shrunk more than 20% over the last three years, and soaring pension costs exceed funding levels by as much as $3 trillion nationwide.
SPORTS
May 16, 2001 | Alan Abrahamson
Highlights of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission report on the five cities vying for the 2008 Summer Games: BEIJING The Chinese aim to spend $14.3 billion in development costs related to the Games. As in Sydney, much of the sports action would be concentrated in a single site--what the Beijing bid calls an "Olympic Green" to be developed north of the city center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2012 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
A Sacramento County Superior Court judge Wednesday ruled against a group of California cities in their battle with the state over hundreds of millions of property tax dollars that used to flow to local redevelopment agencies. Judge Timothy M. Frawley said he would not grant the request from Glendale, Pasadena, Huntington Beach and other cities for an injunction that would have prevented the payout of property taxes on Friday to schools and counties. Cities believe some of the money belongs to them and should be used to pay for such projects as parks, affordable housing and freeway intersections that had been agreed upon before Gov. Jerry Brown won his battle to eliminate California's 400 municipal redevelopment agencies late last year.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Coastal flooding could cost big cities more than $60 billion a year by mid-century, with losses jumping even more dramatically if nothing is done to counter rising sea levels and subsiding land, a new study has found. A team of researchers analyzed data on flood exposure in 136 of the world's largest coastal cities to project steep increases in economic losses, from an estimated $6 billion a year in 2005 to $52 billion by 2050 based on changes in population, economic growth and urbanization.
TRAVEL
December 15, 2013 | By Jen Leo
This app provides a quick visual take on popular destinations - it's like having a concierge in the palm of your hand. Name: Jetpac City Guides Available for : iPhone, iPad What it does: Analyzes public Instagram photos and turns their research into fun, bite-sized, list-driven guides to 5,000 cities around the globe. Cost: Free What's hot: It's a wild, refreshing destination guide using Instagram photos - whether you're looking for Hipster Hangouts, Bars That Women Love, Top Outdoor Places, Top Urban Spaces, Top Places to Stay or more.
NEWS
February 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two California towns have earned a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of top heritage destinations for 2011. The nonprofit organization each year selects a Dozen Distinctive Destinations that "boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place," according to a statement released Tuesday. The coastal town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay was singled out for its Victorian homes and nearby old-growth redwood forests. Sonoma too was recognized for the town's wine-country roots that reach into the early 19th century.
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