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January 24, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined the ranks of supporters of a sharp rise in the minimum wage for workers at large hotels in Los Angeles. Several members of the City Council are preparing to release a formal proposal that large hotels pay their workers about $15.37 an hour, nearly double California's $8 minimum wage. “If it gets passed by the council, I would definitely sign it,” Garcetti told The Times in an interview on Thursday. Union leaders and their council allies want the new minimum wage to apply to about 87 hotels with 100 rooms or more, saying it would lift 10,000 housekeepers, busboys and others out of poverty.
January 21, 2014 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles city Fire Commission on Tuesday named a lawyer from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti as the Fire Department's new internal watchdog. The independent assessor position was created by voters in 2009 to audit the handling of misconduct complaints against LAFD employees. It was prompted by a wave of discrimination and harassment allegations that cost taxpayers nearly $20 million in legal payouts over several years. In a unanimous vote after emerging from a closed-door session, the commission appointed Sue Stengel.
January 17, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was planning to take off for Utah on Friday for a weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. Garcetti described his visit to the Park City ski resort as part personal, part business. Taxpayers won't be billed, he said, because he's spending a day with friends. “It's on my own dime,” Garcetti said in an interview at Cal State Northridge after an event marking the 20th anniversary of the earthquake. Garcetti said he was also planning to attend a reception for Los Angeles filmmakers at a private home.
January 15, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
The pedestrian who was struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's police vehicle remained hospitalized in stable condition late Wednesday, and it was unclear how soon she would be released, a hospital spokeswoman said. Juliet Nicolas, 60, was likely to spend a second night at County-USC Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Rosa Saca said. Garcetti was a passenger in the police vehicle that struck Nicolas early Tuesday afternoon at the corner of South Spring and 2nd streets in downtown Los Angeles.
January 15, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has inadvertently stepped into - or should we say, driven into - L.A.'s jaywalking ticket controversy. On Tuesday, the mayor was being driven to City Hall when his official car, a black SUV, struck a pedestrian on Second Street near Spring Street. The woman in her 60s was taken to the hospital as a precaution. The mayor was on the phone at the time and apparently didn't see the accident. The collision comes a few weeks after the Downtown News first reported on a jaywalking crackdown in the city's Historic Core and the Financial District, in which Los Angeles police officers are ticketing walkers who step into the street during the “countdown.” What many walkers (including me)
January 15, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The 60-year-old woman who was struck Tuesday by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown L.A. is in “very stable” condition and may be able to be discharged Wednesday, a hospital representative said. Rosa Saca, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, identified the woman as Juliet Nicolas on Wednesday and said she was “possibly going home today. " Garcetti, a passenger in the black SUV, was on the phone with a journalist when Nicolas  was struck just outside   the Los Angeles Times building at 2nd and Spring streets.
January 15, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
This post has been updated. Please see below for details. Addressing about 100 Los Angeles arts leaders Tuesday at City Hall, Mayor Eric Garcetti promised a more cohesive arts policy in which a variety of city departments will be attuned to fostering cultural opportunities for Angelenos while his administration banners L.A. to the world as the city “where creativity lives.” While describing his audience as “spark plugs that can ignite”...
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
A video taken by a security camera on the Los Angeles Times building captured the scene at Spring and 2nd streets on Tuesday when an LAPD vehicle carrying Mayor Eric Garcetti allegedly struck a pedestrian. The mayor was a passenger and was talking on a cellphone when the accident occured, city officials said. The woman was hospitalized overnight and her condition was stable, a USC County Medical Center spokeswoman said. Accident investigators took a copy of the jerky video as part of their examination, according to a Times security official.
January 14, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan and David Zahniser
A pedestrian in her 60s was hospitalized Tuesday after being struck by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's vehicle in downtown Los Angeles, according to the mayor's office. Garcetti was in the car, speaking on the phone, when the accident occurred, according to a written statement released by his office. He did not see what happened, the statement said. "I'm very concerned about her and wish her a speedy recovery,” Garcetti said. "I look forward to speaking with her soon. " The police vehicle in which Garcetti was riding was heading east on Second Street near Spring Street, on the way to City Hall.
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