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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.
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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.
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.
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
June 7, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
Looking for a cheap fixer-upper? You might check the list of the 15 best cities for do-it-yourself housing bargains, published this week by RealtyTrac, the Irvine-based real estate data firm. Shocker: No California cities made the list. The five best cities to find a bargain home are in the Rust Belt: Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis and Cincinnati.  The rankings come from the number of bank-owned homes that were built before 1960 and are valued under $100,000.  There are 3,773 such homes in Detroit, which is more than double Chicago's inventory, which is ranked just below the Michigan city.  Phoenix is the closest city to Southern California that made the list and ranks No. 8 on the list with 763 such homes.
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.
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.
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