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May 24, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping. The City Council voted 13 to 1 to phase out plastic bags over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores, meaning shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each. The ban came after years of campaigning by clean-water advocates who said it would reduce the amount of trash in landfills, the region's waterways and the ocean.
February 21, 2008 | David Zahniser
A plan to reward real estate developers who put affordable housing in their market-rate residential projects was approved Wednesday by the City Council. On an 11-4 vote, the council approved a package of incentives that roll back zoning rules governing height, density, open space or the number of parking spaces for residential projects that have at least 5% of their housing units designated as affordable. -- -- David Zahniser
April 20, 2009 | David Zahniser
A man was found dead Sunday in the bed of the San Gabriel River near the 60 Freeway, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked the public for information about the death. The man, who was not identified, suffered blunt force trauma to his upper body, authorities said. Homicide investigators can be reached at (323) 890-5500. -- David Zahniser
June 3, 2008 | David Zahniser
City Librarian Fontayne Holmes will retire from her post in August, capping a 30-year career in the library system, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office announced Monday. Holmes received widespread praise for her work overseeing the city's library construction program, which added nine branch libraries and rebuilt more than 90% of the city's existing facilities. Villaraigosa named Kris Morita, the library department's assistant general manager, as Holmes' replacement. -- -- David Zahniser
September 5, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., battling allegations that it operates an illegal pyramid scheme, has a new and unexpected advocate: former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa, who left office June 30 after eight years as mayor, will serve as a senior advisor to Herbalife Chief Executive Michael O. Johnson and the company's board of directors, the company said Thursday in a news release. Villaraigosa will counsel Herbalife on "strategic business development and global community outreach," the Los Angeles company said.
February 1, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The acrimonious race between Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and onetime friend Rudy Martinez took an unusual turn Monday when the challenger said federal agents had questioned him about some of Huizar's private business dealings. Martinez said FBI agents interviewed him roughly six months ago about various issues, including repairs that he arranged for Huizar in 2006 and 2007 at a rental house owned by the councilman and his wife. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly said former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre resigned in 1999 after prosecutors conducted an investigation into roof repairs at his home.
December 18, 2007 | David Zahniser
The City Council's Budget and Finance Committee voted 3 to 2 on Monday to recommend that the city clerk run elections for the city's 90 neighborhood councils. Because city election workers will spend half of next year preparing for November's presidential election, City Clerk Frank Martinez said his office would be capable of overseeing only neighborhood council elections that occur before June 30.
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