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January 16, 1998 | SYLVIA L. OLIANDE
The Los Angeles City Council may soon decide whether to make new technology available citywide that would allow emergency vehicles to control street lights in their path. Early next week, the council is expected to hear a motion introduced by Councilman Richard Alarcon that would instruct city, fire and police department officials to study the feasibility of installing the technology at key, congested intersections throughout the city.
April 19, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Visibility was 10 miles and the morning sun had pushed the temperature close to 90 as Danny Joe Hall guided his mile-long Union Pacific freight train east through the grasslands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Near the farming town of Goodwell, federal investigators said, the 56-year-old engineer sped through a series of yellow and red signals warning him to slow down and stop for a Los Angeles-bound train moving slowly onto a side track. The 83-mph collision killed Hall and two crewmen.
Despite protests from skateboarders, the City Council on Monday banned the sport entirely from the city's boardwalk to avoid more collisions--and more lawsuits. "We are trying to make it possible to accommodate an impossible situation on that sidewalk," Councilwoman Ruthelyn Plummer said. "I'm sorry, but the skateboards are just one more burden on the sidewalk."
April 11, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As the 2014 World Cup tournament nears, efforts to reform Rio de Janeiro's police forces remain, like many of the Brazilian soccer stadiums themselves, a work in progress. Seeking to improve public safety, police have established a permanent presence in many of the city's slums, and attempted to replace sporadic, war-like operations against criminals with numbers-based community policing. Now, some of the city's slums, known as favelas , are considered safe for tourists.
When you walk into your neighborhood fish market or grocery store, the display case is filled with "fresh" swordfish, "fresh" salmon, "fresh" shrimp, "fresh" petrale sole. But then you take your catch home and find that your "fresh" filet has a frozen center. Or your fork finds mush instead of firm flesh. How long has your dinner been away from the ocean? And what has happened to it since it left the waves behind?
The British government on Wednesday banned the drug Halcion, the world's most widely prescribed sleeping pill. Halcion, and other medicines containing triazolam, have been associated with psychological side effects, particularly memory loss and depression, an announcement from the Department of Health said.
September 16, 2012
Re "Fire dispatch script blamed for CPR delays," Sept. 14 Reading your article concerning the myriad questions (many irrelevant) that Fire Department dispatchers must ask before sending help made me wonder where common sense factors in situations such as this. Some other examples: Isn't it common sense that a politician accused of doing something illegal should be fired immediately? Isn't it common sense that teachers unions need to be reined in, given the state of our school systems and that tenure as we know it has outlived its usefulness?
November 14, 1993
It's hard for me to believe that I had to vote on public safety (Nov. 2). I think this reflects that our political Establishment has lost its sense of priorities and what government's prime purpose is. Perhaps we should have been voting on an initiative that defines the priorities for how our tax dollars are spent. At the top of my priority list is public safety. Other services would be prioritized. If funds were not available for lower priority items (i.e., street cleaning, recreation, libraries, etc.)
June 11, 2000
It is budget time in Ventura County. What does that mean? "Voter alert! Here comes the Board of Supervisors, again targeting Proposition 172, the public safety funds, for cuts." Whenever there is a cash flow problem, the Board of Supervisors seems to forget that the voters exercised their rights and passed a half-cent tax for the district attorney's office, Sheriff's Department, Probation Department and the public defender's office. The people felt that public safety was the No. 1 priority and voted to tax themselves for public safety.
June 4, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department has announced a public safety academy for those interested in learning the duties and operations of deputies, firefighters and other emergency personnel. The Community Public Safety Academy will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the north Fillmore police storefront, 642 Lemon Way. For the first time, the academy will be taught solely in Spanish. Meetings will be held every Wednesday through Aug. 19 at the storefront.
April 10, 2014 | By David Zahniser, Emily Alpert Reyes and Soumya Karlamangla
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti presented a long and eclectic list of initiatives in his first State of the City address Thursday, promising to reinvigorate the city's major boulevards, cut taxes for businesses, put building records online and keep a lid on rates at the Department of Water and Power. Speaking at the California Science Center in South Los Angeles, Garcetti spelled out in detail his "back to basics" agenda, which focuses on public safety, economic prosperity, quality of life and a well-run city government.
March 6, 2014 | By Laura Nelson, Richard Winton and Ari Bloomekatz
Los Angeles police say the city ramped up restrictions on a  popular nighttime bicycle race  along the Los Angeles Marathon route because it posed a danger to public safety.  Since 2009, hundreds of cyclists have gathered in the dark along Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake, waiting for road closures to begin along the marathon route, which stretches from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Organizer Don Ward canceled this year's Marathon Crash Race, scheduled for Sunday morning, after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the city of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services.
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities on Thursday called off the search for a mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana after an “exhaustive” 24 hours. “We believe the contact our officers had with the mountain lion [Wednesday] scared it back into the canyon," Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said in a statement. Officers responding to the incident shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday initially scared off the large cat from a home's front yard after firing multiple rounds. B ut it returned four times, coming toward officers before returning to the gorge, according to police.
January 16, 2014 | David Lazarus
Should the Internet be considered a public utility? How you answer that question will define what role you think federal regulators should play in ensuring that all content, from Netflix programs to Rush Limbaugh podcasts, receives equal treatment by the likes of Comcast and Verizon. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled this week that the Federal Communications Commission overreached when it laid down rules preventing network operators from assigning fast and slow lanes to content providers.
January 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels and Brian Bennett
Port Authority officials appointed by Gov. Chris Christie knew that the closures they engineered on lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in September were causing serious delays for emergency responders but still ordered the closures to continue, documents released Friday show. The documents, more than a thousand pages of emails and texts between Port Authority officials and staff, curious reporters and Christie staffers, did not clarify what the New Jersey governor knew about the lane closures, which he said were engineered by his staff without his knowledge, apparently as retribution to the Fort Lee mayor, who had failed to endorse his reelection campaign.
November 2, 2013 | By Brian Bennett, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The killing of a TSA screener in Los Angeles is symptomatic of a growing antipathy toward government workers and TSA personnel in particular, experts said Saturday. Specialists on hate crimes and union officials decried what they said was a general atmosphere of mockery and derision toward TSA agents that they said is amplified by late-night talk show hosts, politicians and news media. "When people or institutions are vilified on national television and in the public square, you often see people latch on to them as enemies to be destroyed," Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said in an interview.
October 24, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
It would take a finely tuned instrument to measure the speed with which a strike by public employees is followed by politicians calling for a ban on this fundamental right of organized labor. Sure enough, the ink wasn't dry on the settlement ending the recent strike by workers for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system when a candidate for the State Assembly spoke up . He's Steve Glazer, a Democrat running for a seat in the East Bay. "Transit is an essential public service, just like police and fire," he says.  He argues that since California bans strikes by police and firefighters, transit strikes should be banned too. That's baloney.
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