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January 10, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
When the Los Angeles City Council took up a lucrative airport contract earlier this week, Councilman Dennis Zine quietly stepped out of the room, saying he was doing so out of an "abundance of caution. " The reason for his recusal? A girlfriend of Zine's was a lobbyist for a company challenging the winning bid. Socializing between elected officials and lobbyists is nothing new at City Hall; Councilwoman Janice Hahn takes vacations with one. But while Zine took pains to publicly distance himself on the airport contract, he had not been nearly as circumspect when dealing with other votes on clients of Veronica Becerra, a lobbyist and land-use consultant.
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February 28, 2009 | Phil Willon
Los Angeles could face nearly a $1-billion shortfall by 2010 because of a mammoth bailout needed for the city's employee pension funds, which have seen investments tank in the spiraling national recession, according to a city budget report released Friday. The grim forecast of a $983-million budget gap came as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa already was considering widespread city layoffs and deep cuts to services because of the worsening financial crisis.
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January 6, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
The top financial advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that the city would need to stop hiring police officers if the City Council abandons plans to lease nine public parking garages to a private operator. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana issued his warning as he recommended that council members press ahead with plans to find a company to run the garages, including three in Hollywood, for the next 50 years. Officials had hoped to secure up to $300 million from the deal.
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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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