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January 28, 2014 | By Dixon Slingerland and Veronica Melvin
President Obama's 2014 State of the Union address Tuesday is certain to focus on issues of inequality and poverty. And what he has to say will have particular resonance in Los Angeles. Building on efforts four years in the making, the president announced this month that the city has been chosen to be one of five designated U.S. Promise Zones. What will this mean for the city? Judging by the early success of another federal program in Los Angeles, Promise Neighborhoods, the impact could be significant and enormously positive.
January 25, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
I never saw her face. She was always moving too fast. I knew her only for her shiny helmet, blond ponytail, oversized basketball jersey and dumb guts. She would fly past me on her skateboard as I drove up my hilly street in La Cañada. She was sometimes on her back, usually in a crouch, always teetering on the edge. It was a narrow road, lined with thick trees, sometimes crowded with SUVs. She couldn't have been more than 12 years old. It was a miracle she didn't end up in my windshield.
January 24, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Thomas Suh Lauder
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 12 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database . Ten neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Chatsworth (A) was the most unusual, recording five reports compared with a weekly average of 0.6 over the last three months. Atwater Village (K) topped the list of two neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 12 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 4.5 over the last three months.
January 24, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Homicide detectives in Santa Ana are investigating the early Friday morning shooting death of a man who was discovered lying on the ground in a residential neighborhood. Police said the man's identity is still not known. Someone called police about 1:10 a.m. Friday to report that a person was lying on the ground in the 1400 block of South Standard Street, according to a Santa Ana police news release. The officers who responded to the scene saw that the man had been shot and alerted paramedics, who pronounced him dead at the scene, said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
January 24, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Commuter buses are usually pretty noncontroversial. Governments like them because they get single-passenger cars off the road and reduce air pollution. And riders like them because they can relax on the way to and from work and save on gas and other expenses. Cleaner, greener and more convenient - everyone's happy, right? Not in San Francisco, where there's been a growing fight over the shuttle buses provided by Google, Facebook and other tech companies to ferry workers from their San Francisco homes to their Silicon Valley jobs.
January 19, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
After taking a timeout during the last recession, builders are at work across downtown Los Angeles erecting new apartments, stores and hotels - and there are plans in the works for much more. One of the largest concrete pours in local history will take place next month to lay the foundation of the Wilshire Grand hotel-office skyscraper, which will tower 73 stories over the city. A luxury apartment complex being built on Grand Avenue will house a Whole Foods Market. Chinatown has major new apartment complexes coming, and the hip Ace Hotel just opened its doors in a freshly restored 1920s high-rise on Broadway.
January 17, 2014 | Bob Pool
We heard it before we felt it. A roaring sound jolted us awake a second or so before the Northridge earthquake violently shook our house at 4:31 a.m. It was Jan. 17, 1994. We live in Woodland Hills, 51/2 miles from the earthquake's epicenter -- which actually was in Reseda, not Northridge. And the ripple effects from that morning 20 years ago still haunt us. Once the shaking started it lasted only 25 or 30 seconds, although I thought it wouldn't stop before the whole house shook apart.
January 15, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
Move over Silver Lake and Los Feliz. Eagle Rock has the buzz this year, according to a new report. Eagle Rock was named the second “hottest” neighborhood in the United States by real estate brokerage firm Redfin. The list measures “the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months” based on page views and Realtor comments, according to Redfin. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America This list is composed of lesser-known neighborhoods with easy commutes to nearby cities.
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally accused a South Los Angeles oil operation of putting the health and safety of nearby residents at risk by failing to maintain safe operations or take steps to prevent accidental releases of hazardous substances. In issuing citations to Allenco Energy Inc., the EPA said the company could be subject to fines or other measures as a result of several violations discovered during a Nov. 6 inspection of the facility. "These are troubling violations because they go to the heart of how a safe operation is supposed to be run," Jared Blumenfeld, EPA's regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, said.
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