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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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March 5, 2008 | David Zahniser
Home Depot officials said Tuesday they have delayed their lawsuit over a planned store in Sunland-Tujunga while they take part in mediation supervised by City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo. The hardware giant sued last year after the City Council voted to require more environmental review of a store proposed for Foothill Boulevard. Under an agreement with the city, the company will enter into talks with project opponents from Sunland-Tujunga. If the company fails to win approval of its store in five months, the company will go ahead with its lawsuit.
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July 15, 2008 | David Zahniser
The head of the Valley Industry and Commerce Assn., a San Fernando Valley business advocacy group, said Monday that he plans to resign his post at the end of the year. Brendan Huffman, who spent 2 1/2 years at the association, said he is looking for a change. "I'm just ready for something else, and that's the God's honest truth. I've put a lot of energy and passion into this job," he said. Huffman is the husband of L.A. Unified school board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents parts of the San Fernando Valley.
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