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August 24, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Tropical Storm Isaac is poised to bring heavy rain, winds up to 45 mph and possible flooding to parts of south and southwest Florida and the Gulf Coast. It could even swell to a Category 1 hurricane as it drives toward the U.S., a meteorologist said Friday. Although predictions are still vague, the storm could delay air travel in the region, just as party faithful are flocking to Tampa for the Monday start of the Republican National Convention. But Isaac will "make for a rather blustery convention," said senior meteorologist James Aman of Earth Networks, which operates the popular WeatherBug forecasting system, on Friday.
July 22, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: We recently received a registered letter from the Commune of Lucca, Italy, notifying us that we were in violation of "circulating inside a pedestrian area" on May 5, 2011. Because we did not contest the violation immediately, it said, we must be considered guilty. We were to send immediately 123.76 euros, about $152. If we delayed more than 60 days, the fine would increase to about $245. We did visit Lucca on May 5, but we never received a ticket or anything else in writing.
June 19, 2012 | Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County's barren High Desert has long attracted those seeking seclusion in wide-open spaces, far beyond the reach of power lines, sewer pipes and pavement. For many of these self-described "desert rats," self-sufficiency is a matter of survival and pride: Solar panels and wind turbines provide power, enormous storage tanks provide water and a motley assortment of trailers, outbuildings and vehicles provides shelter from the withering sun. But this "live free" mind-set is coming under increasing attack as county investigators crack down on code violations and nuisance complaints in the far-flung north.
June 12, 2012 | Steve Lopez
It goes without saying that nobody in a residential neighborhood wants a neighbor who turns a house into a shady boarding house operation, with residents coming and going at all hours and creating a nuisance for everyone on the block. But does a crackdown proposed by L.A. City Councilman Mitchell Englander go too far? It depends on whom you talk to. Supporters say there shouldn't be any group homes in residential neighborhoods, period. Opponents say the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance could be disastrous for veterans, those with disabilities and other folks as well.
May 24, 2012 | By Jonathan Hunter and Autumn M. Elliott
Los Angeles has made slow but significant progress toward ending homelessness, but the City Council is about to vote on a proposed law that could stop that momentum in its tracks. The Community Care Facilities Ordinance would threaten the well-being of thousands of people with disabilities, create a nightmare for property owners, cost taxpayers more, violate principles of fair housing and jeopardize access to federal funds. The proposed ordinance grew out of an effort to eliminate sober-living homes in residential neighborhoods.
April 1, 2012 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I am a manager for a company that provides property management for several rental communities. We have a limited pet policy in all our properties. Residents can have pets only if we approve the specific animal. We have this policy so that animals unsuited for an apartment community, because they are too large or too noisy, can be excluded. A resident in one of our properties gave us a note from his doctor stating that he needed a service animal to help with his disability.
September 11, 2011 | By Veronica Rocha, Los Angeles Times
A 59-year-old Burbank business owner pleaded not guilty Friday to creating a nuisance and potential danger for aircraft at Bob Hope Airport by feeding hundreds of pigeons near the runway. Charles Douglas appeared in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Burbank with attorneys Bruce Kaufman and Donald Ingalls to answer to the misdemeanor charges of disobeying a court order and creating a public nuisance. They declined to comment about the case, which was continued to Oct. 21 for a pretrial hearing.
August 13, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Swooping low over the office courtyard's pond, the lone gull was watching like a hawk. In fact, the gull was watching for a hawk, not to mention the three falcons perched next to the man-made lake in the center of the Water Garden in Santa Monica. The gull let out a loud screech and kept on flying when it spotted the four birds of prey. "He's letting the other gulls know we're still here," said Fred Seaman, a falconer hired by the office complex to rid its 17-acre site of messy gulls and pigeons.
May 22, 2011
Anyone who has been forced to endure a stranger's loud and public cellphone conversation in a supermarket line or a restaurant will understand this story: A woman boarded an Amtrak train in Oakland last Saturday night and proceeded to talk loudly on her cellphone for much of the rest of her 16-hour voyage. Repeated pleas from her fellow passengers — and the conductor — to be quiet fell on, um, deaf ears. Things got so bad that Amtrak officials stopped the train between stations Sunday afternoon in Salem, Ore., and had local police escort her off for being an "unruly passenger.
August 31, 2010 | Michael Hiltzik
Labor Day is nigh and we're heading into the last big surge of vacation travel of the summer. Could there be a better moment for American Airlines to unveil its latest nuisance fee? American's bright new idea is to charge coach passengers extra for a seat in the first few rows of the cabin, the idea being that these are desirable because their occupants can be assured of getting overhead bin space and get off the plane faster after landing. I can certainly understand the desire to get off an American Airlines plane as quickly as possible.
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