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October 29, 2013 | By James Rainey and David Zahniser
The woman who has accused Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar of sexual harassment filed a second lawsuit Tuesday, claiming that city officials are attempting to intimidate her by forcing her to testify a day before she is due to give birth. Former Huizar aide Francine Godoy's lawsuit asks a judge to block the city's attempt to compel her to speak to an investigator representing the city Wednesday, one day before the suit says she is scheduled to have a caesarean section. Godoy claims that the subpoena issued to her last week is designed to preempt the proper questioning she would undergo in her lawsuit against Huizar, her onetime boss at City Hall.
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August 11, 2009 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has been worried about the cost of complying with Assembly Bill 32, a 2006 law that requires California to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Last month, DWP officials decided to beef up their advocacy efforts in Sacramento by bringing in the author of the global warming bill, Los Angeles Democrat and former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez, to advise the department's team of lobbyists. That effort hit a roadblock last week after the five-member panel that oversees the DWP asked its executives to explain the need for a contract worth up to $2.4 million with Conservation Strategy Group, which serves as a lobbyist and bond advisor to the utility.
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April 28, 2010 | By Anna Gorman and Nicholas Riccardi
Pressure continued to mount Tuesday against Arizona's tough new immigration law, with the Obama administration considering a legal challenge and political leaders calling for economic boycotts. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she had "deep concerns" with the law and said it could siphon resources needed to target criminals. U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder said he was considering "the possibility of a court challenge."
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March 6, 2013 | By James Rainey and Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles held an election Tuesday and lots of people didn't bother showing up. One city leader called the initial turnout figure, just over 16%, "awful" and "embarrassing. " The latest demonstration of electorate disengagement renewed discussions about rescheduling L.A.'s elections to coincide with higher-profile state or national races. The total voter participation won't be known until large numbers of mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. According to a Times analysis, that could drive final turnout for the election close to 20%, potentially changing the outcome of some City Council races.
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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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April 20, 2009 | David Zahniser
Four people -- two men and two women -- were arrested Sunday in connection with the shooting with birdshot pellets of three people on West 50th Street in South Los Angeles, police said. The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. roughly two blocks east of the Harbor Freeway. One of the three victims was seriously injured, Los Angeles Police Officer Karen Rayner said. That man was taken to the hospital for surgery on his face and is expected to recover, Rayner said. At least two of the suspects have been identified as gang members, police said.
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December 13, 2007
The City Council voted Wednesday to instruct City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo to draft a law allowing any car with a state- issued alternative fuel decal to park for free next to a city meter. The move is designed to make it easier for parking enforcement officers to carry out an 18-month-old program that gives four hybrid vehicles -- Honda Civic Hybrid, Honda Insight and Ford Escape Hybrid and Toyota Prius -- free parking at meters. -- David Zahniser
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April 10, 2008 | David Zahniser
A package of rate hikes for water and electricity won approval from the City Council on Wednesday, ending six months of debate. The council voted 13 to 1 on a trio of electrical rate increases and 11 to 3 on a pair of water rate increases. The decision will leave electricity customers paying 23% more by 2010 after four years' worth of DWP surcharges are factored in. DWP customers will pay roughly 10% more for water by summer 2009 after an increase from the Metropolitan Water District is included.
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April 1, 2008 | David Zahniser
The skid row area of downtown Los Angeles is scheduled to receive 100 new pedestrian lights as part of an effort to make the neighborhood safer, officials said Monday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other elected officials will appear in skid row today to discuss the $320,000 program, which is designed to reduce the number of sidewalk drug sales. The lights are part of the Safer City Initiative, which targets South Los Angeles, Hollywood, MacArthur Park, North Hills and skid row. Last year, the city's Bureau of Street Lighting increased the wattage of 249 street lights on skid row. -- David Zahniser
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