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March 26, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti regularly touts his record of job growth on the campaign trail. In Hollywood, he points to cranes looming on the skyline as evidence of his revitalization efforts in his district. In television ads, he cites a report that ranked his district No. 1 in adding jobs. On Tuesday his opponent, Wendy Greuel, fiercely attacked those claims, accusing Garcetti of "fudging" his numbers and presiding over "horrific job losses" across the city during his six-year tenure as City Council president.
January 8, 2013 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A controversial proposal to separate the two northern runways at Los Angeles International Airport is strongly supported by likely voters in Los Angeles and the City Council district that contains LAX, according to a new public opinion poll. The survey released Tuesday by the Coalition to Fix LAX Now, a group of prominent business and labor leaders, indicates that 74% of municipal voters favor separating the runways by 260 feet - a project proponents say would increase safety overall and the efficiency of handling the largest commercial aircraft, such as the giant Airbus A380.
May 16, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Kate Linthicum and James Rainey
Union backers of Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel have sent out a new mailer declaring that she would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in L.A., even as Greuel and her allies disputed that she had made such a promise and called for all campaign groups to be "truthful. " The campaign mailer, produced by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, reached voters' mailboxes on Wednesday. On the same day, Greuel and Councilman Jose Huizar specified that she supports a $15 an hour wage specifically for hotel workers, not for every worker in the city.
December 11, 2013 | By David Zahniser
A judge has dealt a serious setback to Los Angeles' efforts to bring larger development to parts of Hollywood, saying a new zoning plan is "fatally flawed" and should be rescinded by the City Council. In a 41-page tentative ruling issued this week, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman said city leaders failed to comply with the state's environmental law when they approved an update to the Hollywood Community Plan, which maps out rules for growth and development.
January 20, 2012 | By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington -- The long-stalled new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles will finally move forward, Washington officials announced Thursday, despite scrutiny from congressional Republicans looking for ways to cut the federal budget deficit. The roughly $400-million project at 1st Street and Broadway, planned for more than a decade, would replace the Depression-era federal courthouse on Spring Street, which officials say has security and asbestos problems. It would also fill an immense hole: The Junipero Serra State Office Building, considered seismically weak after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, was demolished in 2007, leaving a gaping cavity and a rainy-season pond occasionally inhabited by ducks.
July 1, 2013 | By David Zahniser and Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti began his first day in office Monday sitting down with business leaders and holding afternoon office hours for Angelenos to speak their minds, part of his promise to embrace a "listen, then lead" style of governance at City Hall. One day after he gave an inaugural speech promising to focus heavily on job growth and basic city services, Garcetti got an earful from residents troubled by potholes, broken sidewalks, business taxes, illegal home additions and homelessness, among other issues.
November 4, 2011 | By Richard Simon and Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles -- A long-sought new federal courthouse for downtown Los Angeles, delayed for years by cost concerns and disputes over its size, could become an early casualty of the congressional drive to reduce the budget deficit. A bill by Rep. Jeff Denham, a Republican from California's Central Valley, would put the vacant courthouse site at 1st and Broadway up for sale for an estimated $25 million. His bill, which has cleared a House committee, has touched off a partisan fight within the state's congressional delegation and push-back from federal jurists.
April 21, 2011 | By David Wharton and Bill Shaikin
Major League Baseball has moved to seize control of the Dodgers, a famed franchise that fans and much of the baseball world had come to see as crippled by an owner who does not appear to have enough money to operate the team. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday that he plans to appoint a trustee in the next few days to oversee "all business and day-to-day operations" of the ballclub. The move was prompted by a number of issues surrounding the Dodgers, including owner Frank McCourt's recent receipt of $30-million personal loan to meet payroll and the parking-lot attack at Dodger Stadium on March 31 that left a San Francisco Giants fan in a coma, according to a league source.
April 11, 2008
Although a recent spate of violent crime has focused much of the city's attention on gangs, there is another source of fearful social upheaval rippling through Los Angeles: immigration raids. Although they certainly do not threaten residents' welfare and security with deadly gunfire, the continual rounding up of illegal immigrants at their places of employment is having serious consequences within and without the Latino community.
January 13, 2014 | By James Rainey
Los Angeles could soon take the national lead in dramatically raising the minimum wage - with members of the City Council expected to propose that large hotels be required to pay roughly $15 an hour to their workers. That rate would more than double the national minimum of $7.25 an hour and push far above California's rate of $8. Union leaders want the increase to apply at hotels with 100 rooms or more, saying such a hike would lift housekeepers, busboys and maintenance workers out of poverty and inject much-needed cash into a still languorous local economy.
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