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June 22, 1989 | CHARISSE JONES, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a routine 5% pay increase for its members, the mayor and other high-ranking officials. Acting on the recommendation of the city's official Salaries Authority, the council approved unanimously, and without discussion, 5% pay hikes for each of the next two years for themselves, Mayor Tom Bradley, Controller Rick Tuttle and City Atty. James K. Hahn. The move comes at a time when the mayor's financial affairs are under investigation and various city officials are calling for changes that could dramatically increase the salaries of elected officials, while prohibiting them from receiving outside income.
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April 22, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A top advisor to Los Angeles lawmakers announced Tuesday he plans to retire after decades working in city government. "This decision does not reflect any dissatisfaction with the city," Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller wrote in a Tuesday letter to the City Council. "After nearly 30 years and much thought I have decided that it is time to move on to explore other interests and spend more time with my spouse and family. " In the letter, Miller expressed mixed emotions and said his last day would be Aug. 29. He did not immediately return a call Tuesday seeking additional comment.
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NEWS
August 30, 1992 | FRANK CLIFFORD and RICH CONNELL and STEPHEN BRAUN and Andrea Ford, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Somehow, somewhere along the line, connections had been frayed and confidence lost. Conceived in the ashes of Watts, this was supposed to be a municipal administration built to absorb ethnic shocks. In a city of so many colors, of so much wealth and poverty, it was expected to keep the peace. But on a single evening in late April, the flames that lighted the Los Angeles sky revealed that despite its multiracial hues, Mayor Tom Bradley's model City Hall was powerless to keep the lid on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council reversed course and voted Friday to nix part of a plan that city officials said could have inadvertently boosted the pay of top city managers. The council had voted unanimously Wednesday for a salary plan to cover city workers who aren't unionized. A document prepared for the council suggested that under the plan, dozens of city department heads would get a series of pay increases over the next 15 months. Council President Herb Wesson said in a statement Wednesday that City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana had unintentionally included general managers in the document, which “was never our intent.” Wesson spokesman Ed Johnson said that if Mayor Eric Garcetti had signed off on the plan, raises would have automatically been granted to every department head.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
If you ever been to a Los Angeles City Council meeting, you'll remember them. They're the gadflies who fill out speaker cards to opine as many agenda items as possible, usually as an excuse to rail against whatever injustice they feel the city has imposed on them. They're obnoxious time wasters who infuriate those who want the council meetings to move more efficiently. Yet time and time again, a court has, rightly, side with the gadflies and ruled the City Council has violated the 1st Amendment by cutting off or ejecting two particular activists from meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2010 | By John Hoeffel
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a comprehensive medical marijuana ordinance that clamps strict controls on dispensaries, which have spread with a velocity that stunned city officials and angered some residents. Settling the last controversial issue on its list, the council decided to require the stores to locate at least 1,000 feet from so-called sensitive uses, such as schools, parks, libraries and other dispensaries. The decision to reject a 500-foot setback reflected the council's intent to write the most restrictive rules that would still allow dispensaries.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2004 | Roger Vincent
A proposed 24-story condo tower with shops and office space in Brentwood was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council. Construction of the building at the northeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Barrington Avenue should begin in January 2006, said developer Ken Kahan, president of California Landmark. Five units in the tower will be rented to low-income tenants and the other 73 units will be sold at market rate, probably in the high $600,000s to low $700,000s, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1992 | JOHN SCHWADA
The Los Angeles City Council gave final approval Tuesday by a 13-1 vote to a long-awaited ordinance regulating development in the city's hillside neighborhoods. The ordinance, adopted after minimal debate Tuesday, seeks to halt the trend of building large houses on small hillside lots and to make hillside living safer through a series of fire-protection measures. Adoption of the law has been a top priority of homeowner groups, led by the Federation of Hillside and Canyon Assns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 1993
The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously approved a resolution urging voters to approve Proposition 172, the November ballot measure that would extend a half-cent sales tax to pay for police service. Council members said passage of the proposition is critical to ensure that the city's services do not suffer further reductions, with a $200-million deficit already looming next year. Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1993
The Los Angeles City Council has voted to file a lawsuit challenging the massive Ahmanson Ranch housing project in neighboring Ventura County, becoming the third government entity to initiate legal action against the proposed development. The city of Calabasas and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have authorized lawsuits against the Ahmanson Land Co. plan to build 3,050 houses on a former sheep ranch in the Simi Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | By Martha Groves
A ranch-style Brentwood house designed by noted architect Paul R. Williams and threatened last November with demolition has been designated as a Los Angeles landmark. The city of Los Angeles initiated the landmark status after Disney Chief Executive Robert Iger and other preservation-minded neighbors alerted officials to the structure's imminent razing. The Los Angeles City Council voted April 2 to declare the residence a historic-cultural monument. The 1940 house in the leafy Oakmont section of Brentwood was built for Nelle Payton Hunt, widow of Willis G. Hunt, a paper company executive.
OPINION
March 7, 2014
Re "After heated debate, L.A. restricts e-cigarette use," March 5 Regardless of speculation and hand-wringing by some, there is absolutely no scientific proof that e-cigarettes lead to smoking real cigarettes. The testimony to the Los Angeles City Council that supported treating e-cigarettes as regular cigarettes is based on suspicion and speculation, not fact - and astonishingly, everyone knows that. However, there exists among our elected leaders a fear that has no foundation, a fear of "what might happen"; this should not guide policymaking.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
If you ever been to a Los Angeles City Council meeting, you'll remember them. They're the gadflies who fill out speaker cards to opine as many agenda items as possible, usually as an excuse to rail against whatever injustice they feel the city has imposed on them. They're obnoxious time wasters who infuriate those who want the council meetings to move more efficiently. Yet time and time again, a court has, rightly, side with the gadflies and ruled the City Council has violated the 1st Amendment by cutting off or ejecting two particular activists from meetings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | Emily Alpert Reyes
Two men who were repeatedly kicked out of Los Angeles City Council meetings for violating public comment rules won part of a free-speech lawsuit against the city last year. But a jury recently awarded them only a few dollars for their trouble. The meager awards are the latest turn in a long-running case that pitted the Venice Beach performers against council rules banning "personal, impertinent, unduly repetitive, slanderous or profane remarks. " Like many government bodies across the country, the council has often wrestled with how to regulate public comments and keep meetings orderly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $50,000 reward Wednesday for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for killing a 40-year-old man in South Los Angeles. On the night of Oct. 11, 2012, Paul T. James was walking down the 9600 block of South Hoover Street when he was approached by a person wearing a hooded sweat shirt, according to the City Council motion that asks for the reward. The suspect then fired multiple rounds at James, who later was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to the Times' Homicide Report . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The Vermont Vista neighborhood where the killing occurred has become deadlier since 2012, according to a Times analysis of homicide data.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
The Los Angeles City Council took its first step Wednesday to explore whether beekeeping should be allowed in residential zones, asking city staff to report back on the idea. Backyard beekeepers want Los Angeles to join New York, Santa Monica and other cities that allow residents to keep hives at home. Existing Los Angeles city codes do not allow beekeeping in residential zones, according to city planning officials. Beekeeping has nonetheless blossomed among Angelenos worried about the health of honeybees and devoted to urban farming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1993
A Los Angeles City Council committee on Tuesday concurred with Mayor Richard Riordan's plan for balancing the city budget by trimming expenditures in all other departments to maintain police service. The Budget and Finance Committee sent to the full council Riordan's financial plan, which closes a projected $33-million deficit and creates a $17-million contingency fund.
NEWS
January 28, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
The Los Angeles City Council is discussing whether to limit the number of energy drinks city employees can consume while on the job. Apparently too much energy in a public employee can be dangerous. Councilman Bernard C. Parks introduced a motion last year asking for a report on options to restrict the consumption of energy drinks by workers on duty. This followed news reports that the Food and Drug Administration was investigating allegations that five deaths were linked to adverse reactions to energy drinks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By James Rainey
Promoting its campaign to bring higher wages to Los Angeles workers, the county labor federation released a study Tuesday that says 810,864 Angelenos live with "poverty" wages of less than $15 an hour. Maria Elena Durazo, chief of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, said that a raise to $15 would not only help low-wage workers but also provide a massive economic stimulus for the entire regional economy. As it released the report from the Economic Roundtable at a news conference near MacArthur Park, the labor group also unveiled billboards, styled after green "city limits" signs, that read: "Los Angeles, City Limited, Poverty Wage Pop. 810,864.
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