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October 18, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Humans don't always behave in their own best interests, and that includes the way we walk. Or don't. A recent survey showed that most people - 94% of those surveyed nationwide - know that walking is good for their health. And nearly as many said it was a good way to lose weight and prevent heart disease. Eight-seven percent said walking is a good way to reduce anxiety, and about 80% said it helps depression. But 79% said they should walk more than they do, and 35% said they are walking less than they did five years ago. A third of the people surveyed said they don't walk for 10 minutes at one time over the course of a week.
August 13, 2013 | By David Zahniser
Los Angeles residents who grow fruits and vegetables near their front curb will get a respite from the city's code enforcement officials, under a measure approved Tuesday by the City Council. The council voted unanimously to ask city agencies to temporarily suspend rules that restrict the cultivation of gardens in the parkway, the area between the sidewalk and the curb. While enforcement is suspended, city officials will continue to work on new rules governing parkway landscaping, said Council President Herb Wesson.
August 10, 2013
Re "Hey, Mr. Mayor: Start here," Column, Aug. 7 Steve Lopez doesn't go far enough in calling on L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti to make repairing sidewalks a priority. The roller coasters, hills, dales and X Games-like ramps that are L.A.'s sidewalks seem often an unvoiced municipal admonition that we don't walk here. It's as if the city has invented its own test of citizenship: If you have to walk, go elsewhere. What has always puzzled me is how a modern metropolis can't figure how to put trees, curbs and sidewalks together without one causing the deformation of the others.
July 21, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
A suspected drunk driver caused a three-vehicle chain reaction of collisions that sent another car careening onto the sidewalk, killing one pedestrian and critically injuring three others, according to Los Angeles police. A 1991 black Ford Mustang heading north on La Cienega Boulevard at Cashio Street just before midnight Saturday collided with a 2012 BMW, said Los Angeles police officer Robert Kim. The collision caused the BMW to strike a 2007 Scion, sending onto the sidewalk, where it struck four people on the sidewalk near Cashio Street, about a mile north of the 10 Freeway.
July 21, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
A knife fight early Sunday morning left one man bleeding to death on an Azusa sidewalk and a second man being treated for multiple stab wounds at an area hospital, police said. Officers responded to a 3 a.m. call for help from the 300 block of South Vernon Avenue to find a 36-year-old man lying on the ground, police said. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from stab wounds. Police have not released the name of the victim, who was a resident of Banning.
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Score one for Mayor Bob Filner in his continuing fight with City Atty. Jan Goldsmith - this time concerning Goldsmith's prosecution of a man who chalked protest messages on the sidewalk outside branches of Bank of America. Filner, who came of age politically as a civil rights activist in the 1960s, had called the legal case "stupid" and a waste of taxpayer money. Goldsmith had defended the case as a simple, and legally justifiable, prosecution of graffiti vandalism.
June 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police on Monday were investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Bellflower after an argument in his car with another man, authorities said Monday. The shooting was reported about 9:10 p.m. Sunday in the 1600 block of Woodruff Avenue. When Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies arrived, they found a vehicle on the sidewalk and the driver bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, a Los Angeles County coroner's official said. Officials said the victim and the shooter - described as a Latino in his early 20s between 5-feet-9 and 6-feet tall with dark hair - were in the victim's car when they began arguing.
May 20, 2013 | By William Nottingham
During separate video interviews with the Los Angeles Times last month, candidates for L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel responded to questions from individual voters. Among them is Alissa Walker of Silver Lake, who asked: What do the candidates plan to do about L.A.'s crumbling sidewalks? Walker, a pedestrian advocate, adds that L.A.'s streets are too wide, and "there are far too many" pedestrian collisions on city streets. Here's the video of what Garcetti had to say to Walker.
February 14, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan
The excellent Stanley Kubrick exhibition now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is not only a great thing in and of itself, it also inspired a fine repertory series, "Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism," which is currently playing at LACMA's Bing Theater. Showcasing features shot on location around New York during the time Kubrick was working as a photographer in the city, the series kicks into high gear this weekend. Friday's double bill begins at 7:30 p.m. with Otto Preminger's gritty "Where the Sidewalk Ends," a bleak noir starring the "Laura" couple of Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney.
January 1, 2013 | By Christy Hobart
"I'm still getting reactions to the article," said Peleg Top, the Silver Lake resident whose frontyard poetry box charmed readers when The Times profiled him in September. The business coach and life mentor had taken the kind of sidewalk box usually reserved for real estate flliers and filled it with poems, free for the taking, every week. "In the first few days after the article appeared I was bombarded by poets from around the city, thanking me for spreading beauty around Los Angeles," he said.
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