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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel and Adolfo Flores
Three north Orange County cities scrambled Monday to reopen roads and buildings following a magnitude 5.1 quake that snapped water lines, damaged chimneys and left a well-traveled thoroughfare covered in dirt and boulders. Still, as the workweek began and the extent of damage came into sharper focus, city officials said it appeared the cities along the Los Angeles County border had been lightly touched despite the size of the quake and the continuing aftershocks. The biggest concern was Carbon Canyon Road, which remained closed Monday as a result of a rock slide Friday, said Anna Cave, emergency preparedness coordinator in Brea.
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OPINION
March 30, 2014 | By Peter Dreier and Harold Meyerson
Many cities are pricey places to live. Acknowledging that reality, a growing number of cities have adopted higher minimum-wage standards than those set by the federal and state governments. San Francisco is on that list, as are San Jose, Seattle (where efforts are underway to raise the hourly minimum to $15), Washington (and two adjacent Maryland counties), Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M. Even in San Diego, no bastion of liberalism, the City Council is moving to put a wage hike before local voters.
TRAVEL
March 30, 2014
Thank you, Pico Iyer ["Still Shining," March 23]. Brilliant article about City Lights Bookstore. I have made many a pilgrimage there since college and made sure my kids visited it too. Isn't it encouraging that it is still going strong? Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I once saw you speak at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. Cynthia Fox Los Angeles :: The story about the City Lights Bookstore was perfectly delightful. What a joy to read a beautifully written piece, impeccably punctuated with nary a misspelled word, and sprinkled with enough multiple syllable words to perk up one's brain.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Two opposing forces squared off last week in the latest round of a long-running battle over a $40-million mystery. In one corner was one of the most powerful heavyweights in the history of local politics: Brian D'Arcy of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 18. On the other side was a wonkish, nerdy newcomer on the political scene: City Controller Ron Galperin. And the pipsqueak knocked out the bully. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled that Galperin has every right to issue subpoenas and audit two nonprofit trusts under the joint control of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and D'Arcy, who has refused to comply with requests for more information on how $40 million of ratepayer money that went to the trusts was spent.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
SÃO PAULO, Brazil - This mega city 270 miles southwest of Rio is the largest in South America and Brazil's main destination for culture, night life and cosmopolitan gastronomy. Where you'll see soccer: The action kicks off at the new Arena Corinthians, where Brazil takes on Croatia on June 12 in the opening match. This temple to soccer in the Itaquera district, a bit outside São Paulo proper, also hosts the semifinals on July 7. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is setting up a giant outdoor screen at Vale do Anhangabaú, a big public square in a beautiful but often sketchy part of downtown, where fans and festivities should be plentiful and rowdy.
SPORTS
March 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Marguerite Effa of Fairfax has been named the City Section player of the year in girls' basketball. First-team All-City: Precious Nwaba, University; Judith Espinoza, Eagle Rock; Mareshah Farmer, View Park; Latecia Smith, Narbonne; Ilianna Blanc, Fairfax.; Lauryn Catching, Narbonne; Irma Munoz, Garfield; Ahteana Jones, Douglass; Sankia Braxton, Animo South; Karina Moreno, Fairfax; Terrin Sullivan, Douglass; Tybriann Jones, Narbonne.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Natal, a breezy beach city with vast blue skies and bright sun 1,220 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, has much of the small-town feel common in the surrounding rural regions. Where you'll see soccer: The U.S. takes on Ghana on June 16 at the newly constructed Arena das Dunas in Natal, a towering homage to sea, sun and sand. FIFA is putting up a giant screen at Praia do Forte north of the tourist areas and stadium. In a calm city light on night life and heavy on fresh air, this is probably the best place to take in the action for those without tickets.
SPORTS
March 26, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Friends of Golf organization has been critical to keeping the sport alive at City Section schools, and on Saturday at Venice High, the organization will be handing out equipment and golf sets to 19 schools and 22 golf teams. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
American Tire Distributors Inc., one of the nation's largest tire distributors, has agreed to rent a massive new $65-million warehouse near Bakersfield in the Kern County city of Shafter. Landlord Roll Real Estate Development will build the 1-million-square-foot distribution center for the North Carolina tire and wheel seller at Roll Real Estate's Paramount Logistics Park. The new industrial building for American Tire will sit on more than 45 acres and include 234 trailer stalls and 201 loading docks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
The Santa Monica City Council this week launched an effort to close all or part of the city's airport after July 2015 - a move that could result in years of additional court battles with the federal government. Council members voted 6 to 0 late Tuesday to develop and evaluate a strategy to scale back flight operations, cut the 5,000-foot runway by 2,000 feet and reduce aviation-related services, such as fuel sales and flight schools. The decision also calls for the city to consider converting airport land to low-impact non-aviation uses.
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