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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
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
January 11, 2010 | By David Zahniser
Only a few months have passed since six of the Los Angeles City Council's 15 members won a third and final term at City Hall. But that hasn't stopped some of them from starting to search for the political exits. Councilwoman Janice Hahn, sworn in July 1, has spent more than three months raising money for her race for lieutenant governor next June. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who took office the same day, has opened a committee to run for the Assembly in the San Fernando Valley, even though that election is more than two years away.
June 2, 2011 | By Sam Farmer
AEG's Tim Leiweke, spearheading an effort to build an NFL stadium next to Staples Center, said Thursday the project could be scuttled if the city doesn't sign off on the framework of a deal by July 31. "We will know by July 31, one way or another," Leiweke, the sports and entertainment company's chief executive, told The Times from his office at L.A. Live. Leiweke wants the city to issue $350 million in municipal bonds to relocate the West Hall of the Convention Center — where the proposed Farmers Field will sit — and has promised those will be paid off by new revenue streams created by the project.
October 16, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Glen Lim and his mother were anxious to find someone who could explain how their apartment building in Mid-Wilshire had gotten into so much trouble with Los Angeles housing inspectors — and what they could do to fix the problem. Eun Chavis seemed like the perfect answer. She was smart, a veteran city employee and a Korean American who spoke the only language Lim's mother, the manager of his building, understood. But instead of bringing the building into compliance, Chavis used her position at the Los Angeles Housing Department's Koreatown office to collect $16,000 in payoffs from Lim and his family, according to criminal court records, police reports and interviews.
August 14, 2012 | By David Zahniser and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Sparking new debate over how the city should grow, Los Angeles officials have embraced a plan to ease parking space requirements for apartments, restaurants and stores in selected areas of the city. Council members Tuesday backed an ordinance that would allow real estate developers, landlords and business owners to reduce the number of parking spaces needed for their projects. The action represents an ambitious effort to breathe new life into moribund business districts and spur new housing construction while getting more people out of their cars.
September 11, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday cleared the way for Mayor Eric Garcetti to overhaul the five-member panel that oversees the city's electricity and water utility. On a 15-0 vote, the council confirmed four new commissioners at the Department of Water and Power: former U.S. Rep. Mel Levine, political consultant Jill Banks Barad, attorney William Funderburk Jr. and foundation director Michael Fleming. The four will join Christina Noonan, who was appointed to the panel three years ago by then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
June 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Real estate developer Casden West L.A. has agreed to chop down the size of its hotly contested commercial and residential project on the Westside, following two weeks of negotiations with neighborhood groups, a company official said Tuesday. With a City Council vote on the project set for Friday, Casden abandoned plans for both a supermarket and a Target, moves that are expected to dramatically decrease the amount of automobile traffic that the project generates. The reworked project, planned next to an Expo Line light rail station, will have just 15,000 square feet of commercial space, instead of the previously proposed 160,000, said company spokesman Brian Lewis.
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