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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Rim fire, which has scorched more than 125,000 acres and spread into Yosemite National Park, should pose less of a threat to the power supply of San Francisco as firefighting efforts continue through the weekend, officials said. The fire, which is only 5% contained, destroyed nine structures and is threatening 4,500 more, according to a recent update by the U.S. Forest Service. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown extended a state of emergency to include the city and county of San Francisco because of the threat to utilities -   which caused damage to the electrical infrastructure serving the city and county of San Francisco.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Steve Lopez
Later this year and in years to follow, your Los Angeles Department of Water and Power rates will go up, not down, despite the new employee  contract for which city officials are uniformly patting each other on the back.  The deal with Local 18 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers involves real savings for years to come, no question about it. But as DWP boss Ron Nichols said at a recent City Council hearing, the contract...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Ending decades of bitter disputes over fragile Mono Lake, Los Angeles and conservationists on Friday announced an agreement to heal the environmental damage caused by diverting the lake's eastern Sierra tributary streams into the city's World War II-era aqueduct. The controversy over alkaline Mono Lake, which is famous for its bizarre, craggy tufa formations and breeding grounds for sea gulls and migratory birds, is one of California's longest-running environmental disputes. The settlement resolves all of the issues among weary combatants, including the city of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Trout and the Mono Lake Committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Repairing a tunnel that linked the northbound 5 and 2 freeways and was severely damaged by a fuel-tanker fire in July will cost $16.5 million, state transportation officials said. The repairs will begin in October and are slated to be completed by Christmas, the California Department of Transportation said on  its blog . The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel when it overturned July 13 and caught fire in the tunnel, creating a massive traffic headache. After the incident, Caltrans said "intense heat from the tanker fire caused  extensive damage to the pavement , walls, support columns, drainage and lighting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Los Angeles lawmakers Wednesday agreed to pursue further analysis of an ambitious $3-billion proposal to fix thousands of miles of the city's most deteriorated streets. The money could come from a mix of sources, officials say, including a property tax or borrowing against future sales or gas tax revenues. One option would be to ask property owners to increase taxes the equivalent of 1% of their property's value, paid over 29 years. On a home worth $600,000, that would mean paying about $200 more a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been corrected. See the note below.
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to further explore a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged city streets. City staff will report back in 45 days on a proposed property tax increase, which would have homeowners pay about 1% of the value of their home over 29 years. (For example, a $350,000 house would see $3,500 more in taxes over 29 years, or about $121 more each year.) That revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday is expected to take  preliminary steps toward approval of a $3-billion borrowing program to pay for the repair of 8,700 miles of badly damaged streets . Lawmakers are weighing a 1% increase in property taxes on Los Angeles homeowners for 29 years to pay for the program. The revenue would be used to resurface and rebuild the worst streets, part of a 60-year backlog of repairs. Council members Joe Buscaino and Mitchell Englander hope to include a proposal to issue city bonds for the work on the fall 2014 ballot.
WORLD
August 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's most prestigious leftist leader on Monday challenged President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposal to open the national oil industry to private investment, setting the stage for what is sure to be a pitched political battle. Cuauhtemoc Cardenas said the state oil monopoly, Pemex, is in dire need of repair, but that amending the Constitution, as Peña Nieto plans , is unnecessary and makes Mexico's resources dangerously vulnerable to outside exploitation.   Instead, Cardenas offered an eight-point plan that would give Pemex financial and administrative autonomy, relieving it, he said, of the onerous state bureaucracy that cripples its ability to grow and become more efficient [link in Spanish]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By James Rainey
The southbound connector between the 5 Freeway and the 2 Freeway will be closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to begin repairing damage caused by a tanker fire last weekend, Caltrans announced Friday. The state transportation agency has taken core samples of concrete damaged when the tanker erupted in flames in a tunnel. Caltrans will use the samples to determine the extent of the damage and what long-term repairs need to be made. The agency said it expected the damaged tunnel -- which connects the northbound 2 Freeway and the northbound 5 Freeway -- to be closed for several weeks or months to repair extensive damage to pavement, lighting, walls and support structures.
BUSINESS
July 19, 2013 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: I've been president of our homeowners association for several years. We have fewer than 20 units and have managed to keep our HOA dues low at around $330 a month, mainly because we don't have earthquake insurance. We've saved a lot of money because we haven't paid for earthquake insurance for more than 15 years and have been very lucky. Do we have to get it? Answer: With one earthquake, your luck may run out. However, after 15 years of savings, and in the best interests of the association, the board should have been depositing those savings in an interest-bearing bank account.
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