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June 18, 2012 | By David Colker, Los Angeles Times
Ever wonder what the typical cost of an airport taxi ride is for major cities around the world? The Associated Press sent reporters out with a tourist's itinerary on a weekday in June in five cities around the world to compare various costs. Here's what they found in regard to taxi rides from major airports into cities: Tokyo, $82.40; 20 minutes from Haneda Airport, which is being used by a growing number of international tourists. Fare from Narita International Airport runs $300.
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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.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Major wireless carriers are teaming up to combat cellphone theft, and there are some cities in the U.S. where smartphone owners should be doing cartwheels. The FCC on Tuesday morning announced a new effort with top wireless carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, to create a central stolen-phone database. The move will likely benefit all cellphone users, but some cities in particular have a huge problem with phones that go missing -- Philadelphia tops the list. Seattle is second, followed by Oakland and Long Beach in California, according to a San Francisco-based mobile security firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A 16-year partnership that provided police helicopter patrols to Newport Beach and neighboring Costa Mesa has officially been dissolved, a victim of budget-tightening. Both cities instead are contracting with Huntington Beach to provide helicopter patrol at $700 an hour. In a final move Thursday, Airborne Law Enforcement board members -- who represented the two Orange County cities -- voted to dissolve the program. They'd earlier agreed to sell off three remaining police helicopters and dispose of 5,000 gallons of unused fuel.
NEWS
July 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Fresno County draws travelers to its amazing Blossom Trail each spring when fruit trees erupt with color, but the area claims a dubious distinction too: vehicle theft capital of the United States. California cities claimed seven of the top 10 spots where cars, trucks and vans were most often stolen nationwide in 2011, according to a report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau . Fresno, Modesto and the Bakersfield-Delano area claimed the three top spots for vehicle thefts last year for the second year in a row, according to the organization's Hot Spots 2011 report released last month.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2013 | By Shan Li
Eindhoven, a city in the Netherlands, has beaten San Diego as the most innovative city in the world. That's according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which ranks cities around the world by calculating "patent density," or the number of patents produced per a certain level of residents. Eindhoven, for example, churned out 22.6 patents for every 10,000 residents, dramatically outpacing the 9 patents per 10,000 residents produced by San Diego. QUIZ: How much do you know about the federal budget cuts?
BUSINESS
January 23, 2011 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Architect Stefanos Polyzoides is a godfather of the hugely influential movement in architecture and urban planning known as the New Urbanism. All those suburbs that decided to put in little downtowns and walkable areas? The whole loft thing? Infill development that puts condos in empty lots instead of sprawl out in the exurbs? Credit Polyzoides, his wife, Elizabeth Moule, and a small group of colleagues for co-founding the influential movement ? and Polyzoides for giving it a name.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2009 | John Hoeffel
As hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries have opened this year in a startling rollout across California, unnerved local officials have started to push back aggressively. Many cities and a few counties have banned them. Others have imposed emergency moratoriums. And some have started to sue dispensaries to force them to close. So far, the state's courts have sided with local officials. For marijuana advocates, who have seen over-the-counter sales become commonplace and watched the steady drift of California's vibrant weed counterculture into the mainstream, these setbacks are a discordant development.
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