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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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June 27, 2009 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has picked three commissioners to oversee the city's employee pension funds, replacing appointees who resigned abruptly last month -- two of them in the wake of an inquiry by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Villaraigosa named attorney Dean Hansell to replace Sean Harrigan, who had been serving as president of the Fire and Police Pensions. The mayor selected USC professor Adlai Wertman to replace Elliott Broidy, another board member at the public safety pension fund.
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October 3, 2008 | David Zahniser
Two city councilmen called Thursday for a ballot measure that would create an independent assessor to oversee allegations of wrongdoing at the city Fire Department, which has been buffeted by a series of costly discrimination lawsuits over the last three years. Councilmen Jose Huizar and Jack Weiss said the measure, proposed for the March 3 municipal ballot, would create a position similar to the inspector general at the city's Police Department. The city has been hit with at least $4.5 million in judgments, legal bills and settlement costs stemming from the incident involving Tennie Pierce, a firefighter who filed a lawsuit after he ate spaghetti laced with dog food.
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July 12, 2008 | David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council approved plans Friday for a 16-story residential tower in Hollywood, after weeks of warnings that construction work on the project could disrupt recordings at the landmark Capitol Records building next door. Councilman Eric Garcetti, who represents part of Hollywood, said the city had added measures to safeguard work at Capitol Records' underground recording studios, which are less than 20 feet from where the tower's six-level, 242-space subterranean garage is set to go. The project will establish a fund to compensate EMI, the parent company of Capitol Records, if recording is disrupted, Garcetti said.
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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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November 27, 2008 | David Zahniser
The City Council voted Wednesday to place new restrictions on development in the hillside neighborhoods of El Sereno, Hermon, Lincoln Heights and Monterey Hills. Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents part of northeast Los Angeles, said the zoning changes would preserve the character of hillside neighborhoods while addressing fire safety. The measures establish new limits on building height, retaining wall height and the square footage of new hillside construction projects, as well as the amount of dirt that can be removed.
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