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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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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
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.
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
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.
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
June 21, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
California should draw more than its share of tourists for the July 4 holiday, according to an analysis of the top 10 destinations for the Independence Day week. San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego were among the top 10 destination cities for the week of July 2 to July 6, according to a study of bookings made through the travel website Hotwire.com. The report offers more good news for the Golden State, which had a 3% growth in visitors in 2011 and is expecting an additional 2% increase in 2012, according to a study commissioned by Visit California, the nonprofit created to promote tourism to the state.
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.
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