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December 3, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
In a bid to roll back cuts that followed the economic downturn five years ago, the Los Angeles Fire Department is considering a request to boost its budget by nearly 10% next year, pushing annual spending to a high of more than $600 million. The proposed increases, which would need to be approved by the City Council and mayor, would go toward hiring 280 new firefighters with an overhauled recruitment effort and fund further improvements to the department's widely criticized technology, according to a draft debated by the city Fire Commission on Tuesday.
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November 29, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
Nearly 100 firefighters extinguished a blaze early Friday that threatened to consume a row of vacant South Los Angeles businesses reportedly used by homeless people for shelter. Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:56 a.m. to the fire in the 5900 block of South Figueroa Street. The fire was in the central section of a one-story row of empty businesses that shared a common attic. The first crews to arrive pushed back flames that threatened occupied homes to the west of the fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement.
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November 25, 2013 | By Hector Beccera
A civil court jury Monday returned a $1.1-million verdict against the city of Los Angeles, finding in favor of a black firefighter who said he had been discriminated against during a nearly three-decade career because of his race. The verdict comes after 16 days of deliberations - and six years after another jury ruled against Jabari S. Jumaane, who alleged a pattern of racial bias, harassment and retaliation in the Los Angeles Fire Department when he worked as a fire inspector. That decision was overturned after an appeals court granted a new trial, agreeing that there had been jury misconduct in the original case.
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November 9, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters discovered a body in a downtown Los Angeles business after extinguishing a fire in the building Saturday morning, authorities said. The fire ripped through the building located in the 700 block of East 9th Place shortly before 7 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The victim found inside was not immediately identified. The cause of the victim's death and the fire remain under investigation. ALSO: Two arrested in Hollywood party bus shooting 3 held in plot to kidnap, sexually mutilate pot dispensary owner Pinkberry co-founder faces up to 7 years for beating homeless man Twitter: @AliciaDotBanks alicia.banks@latimes.com
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November 3, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The driver of a car that crashed on the 110 Freeway early Sunday, killing 2 passengers and injuring three others, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to reports. The crash occurred early Sunday when the 2011 Nissan Sentra the women were riding in on the 110 Freeway hit a tree and a chain-link fence, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver, a 22-year-old resident of San Gabriel, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
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November 3, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Two women were killed and three were seriously injured early Sunday when the car they were in on the 110 Freeway hit a tree and a chain-link fence, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The women, all 22 or 23 years old, were the only occupants of the car, which was traveling northbound on the 110 near Avenue 52 before it collided with the tree and fence, said California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada. Firefighters responded to the crash, which occurred about 1:35 a.m., and used hydraulic prying tools to rescue one or more of the victims from the car, which was badly damaged, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
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October 31, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson and David Zahniser, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
The top executive at the Los Angeles Transportation Department is stepping down, the latest to depart under Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor's office told the Times. Jaime De La Vega, who had been a major influence on transportation policy under former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, will leave the agency Dec. 1 after a two-year stint as general manager. Under his leadership, the Transportation Department shifted its emphasis toward making streets more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.
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October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Firefighters found one person dead Monday after a fire ripped through a second-floor apartment in Panorama City, authorities said. The fire was reported about 8:39 a.m. in the 8800 block of Tobias Avenue, said Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. As firefighters gained access to the second-floor fire, "they found one unit fully involved in flames,” Scott said. Thirty-nine firefighters were able to contain the fire in 14 minutes. Firefighters found one person dead inside the apartment, the identity of whom, including gender, was not immediately available.
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October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Two Los Angeles police officers were injured after a fire Monday morning ripped through a Panorama City apartment where firefighters found a body, an LAPD spokesperson said. The police officers were treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation and released shortly after, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department. A 14-year-old boy was also injured in the fire, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. No information has been released on the deceased individual, Scott said.
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October 18, 2013 | By Ben Welsh
The Los Angeles Fire Department's top internal watchdog was removed from his post in the latest shake-up at the LAFD under new Mayor Eric Garcetti. The city Fire Commission voted 5 to 0 Tuesday to dismiss Stephen E. Miller, 59, the department's independent assessor. The watchdog position was created by a voter-approved ballot measure in 2009, partly in response to soaring settlement costs in employee harassment and discrimination lawsuits at the department. Miller, a lawyer , was the first person to hold the job. During his tenure, he issued audits critical of how the department handled lawsuits and internal investigations . Last year, he clashed with fire officials and union leaders about access to sensitive personnel records.
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