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November 27, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant and David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to make a closed coffee shop used in the movie "The Big Lebowski" a historic-cultural landmark. Councilman Paul Koretz said Johnie's at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue is one of the most notable examples of work by the firm Armet & Davis, the architectural firm that designed Norms, Pann's and other diners across Southern California. Koretz, who represents the area, said he hopes the property's owners can be talked into reopening the building as a coffee shop.
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October 22, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar said Tuesday that his extramarital relationship with a former aide was a "huge mistake" but added that he expects voters will judge him on his accomplishments. Huizar attended his first council meeting since his former deputy chief of staff, Francine Godoy, filed a lawsuit accusing him of waging a campaign of sexual harassment and retaliation against her. Running for a third four-year term in the March 2015 election, Huizar has called Godoy's allegations false while also confirming he had an "occasional and consensual" relationship with her. PHOTOS: Political sex scandals "I made a huge mistake when it comes to the relationship I had with this woman," said Huizar, standing in a stairwell near the council chamber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
For the first time in the city's history, Los Angeles' police force now exceeds 10,000 officers, city officials said Monday. Appearing with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck to discuss the continued drop in crime last year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the department is budgeted for 10,023 officers, up from the 9,963 authorized over the last three years, during a deep budget crisis. The staffing increase took effect Jan. 1, when 60 sworn officers moved into the LAPD from the General Services Department, which patrols parks, libraries and other municipal buildings, said Villaraigosa spokesman Peter Sanders.
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February 6, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick said Thursday that she is against the solar energy plan known as Measure B. She said the proposal was rushed through the City Council without sufficient review and noted that there are two reports with widely divergent cost estimates for the plan to add 400 megawatts of solar panels to parking lots, rooftops and other surfaces by 2014. Chick made her remarks as she unveiled a 223-page report on the Department of Water and Power that says the agency has not determined how much more its ratepayers would have to pay for the shift to solar, wind and geothermal energy.
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January 5, 2008 | David Zahniser
The union that represents 9,000 police officers said Friday it has given $250,000 to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign for Proposition S, a $243-million telephone utility users tax on the Feb. 5 ballot. The head of Los Angeles Police Protective League said the tax revenue is needed to preserve Villaraigosa's plan for adding 1,000 police officers by 2010. "If it doesn't pass, a lot of city services, including public safety, will be reduced," said union President Timothy Sands.
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January 15, 2008 | David Zahniser
City Council President Eric Garcetti formally unveiled a plan Monday to open more than 3 acres of land along Silver Lake Boulevard to the public. Garcetti spokeswoman Julie Wong said the proposal would set aside about 60% of the city-owned property for residents to walk, sit and view the adjacent Silver Lake Reservoir. The plan will be presented to the public at a community meeting Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Micheltorena Street Elementary School. Silver Lake residents have spent years debating the future of the land, frequently described as the Meadow.
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February 12, 2008 | David Zahniser
Officials at Los Angeles World Airports have persuaded the budget air carrier JetBlue to begin flying out of Los Angeles International Airport, sources familiar with the company's plans said Monday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is scheduled to appear today with JetBlue executives to announce plans for 16 additional daily flights at four airports across Southern California. A JetBlue spokesman refused to discuss the plans. But city officials said starting May 21, LAX would see three flights per day to JFK International Airport in New York City and one per day to Logan International Airport in Boston.
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December 4, 2008 | David Zahniser
City Councilwoman Janice Hahn called Wednesday for her colleagues to consider allowing voters to elect the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. One day after school board members postponed a vote on Supt. David Brewer III, Hahn said she would introduce a motion to begin studying the possibility of a directly elected education executive. Hahn, who represents such neighborhoods as San Pedro and Watts, said she is tired of the politics that surround the superintendent selection.
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April 29, 2008 | David Zahniser
An alliance of public employee unions said Monday that they oppose a plan by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to impose six employee furloughs, or unpaid days off. The Coalition of L.A. City Unions, which represents about 22,000 workers, said it does not believe Villaraigosa has the legal authority to force workers to take six furlough days during the 2008-09 fiscal year. Deputy Mayor Sean Clegg said Villaraigosa already has a legal opinion from City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo stating that he can impose "short-term layoffs" on city workers.
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