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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2007 | Joe Mathews and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
After a proposed deal with top business leaders crumbled over the weekend, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a new version of a living wage ordinance for workers at hotels near Los Angeles International Airport. The 9 to 3 vote guarantees wages and benefits of at least $10.64 per hour to workers at 13 hotels along Century Boulevard. Though the law is expected to win final approval next week, it is likely to be challenged in court, union and business officials agreed Tuesday.
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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efforts to bring larger development to parts of Hollywood, saying a new zoning plan is "fatally flawed" and should be rescinded by the City Council.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.
OPINION
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.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
More than 1 million Californians who earn the minimum wage will get a nearly 20% pay increase over the next year and a half, thanks to an agreement announced Monday between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders in the Legislature. The hike, the first since early 2004, will lift the state minimum wage to $8 an hour from $6.75. Workers will get a 75-cent increase Jan. 1 and an additional 50 cents on Jan. 1, 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
A stretch of the 10 Freeway, spanning the Los Angeles River and a maze of surface streets near downtown, routinely carries more than 300,000 vehicles a day. Built in 1959, the bridge has cracks in its concrete deck and is in need of repair. It earned particular notoriety this week when a transportation advocacy nonprofit declared it one of the most heavily trafficked structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. Using a 2010 federal database, the group's analysis also found that of the nation's 69,223 bridges classified as structurally deficient and in need of a combined $70.9 billion in repairs, Los Angeles County is home to 91 of the 99 busiest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles City Council effort to overturn a Police Commission policy requiring officers to disclose personal financial information seemed destined for failure Tuesday, as civic and reform leaders warned that the council's intervention was undermining the commission's authority over the Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2006 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Supporters of a ballot measure to ease term limits for the Los Angeles City Council are sending campaign mail to voters that makes it appear that elected officials could get less time in office rather than more. "Prop R will LIMIT councilmembers to three terms in office (12 years total), so that no one can serve for life," states the campaign flier from the Committee to Reform L.A. In fact, council members are already limited to two four-year terms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 2006 | Joel Rubin and Howard Blume, Times Staff Writers
The Los Angeles Board of Education has rejected Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's request to take part in choosing the city's next superintendent of schools. "It is disappointing from my standpoint that there doesn't seem to be any opportunity on this issue for partnership," said Ramon C. Cortines, the mayor's top education advisor. "The mayor and I understand that the board has the authority to select the superintendent."
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September 22, 2006 | Jim Newton, Times Staff Writer
Burying the hatchet from last year's election, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greeted a group of Los Angeles business leaders at City Hall on Thursday, acknowledging that many of them had questioned his suitability for mayor but expressing appreciation that they have supported his major initiatives in his first year.
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