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July 24, 2003 | Jessica Garrison and Matea Gold, Times Staff Writers
Concerned that farmers markets and other events on public streets are vulnerable to a traffic tragedy similar to last week's in Santa Monica, Los Angeles City Council members voted Wednesday to form a task force to study ways to protect residents.
September 23, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Greg Bennett will start the Los Angeles Triathlon on Sunday with three victories in the event, more than the rest of the men's field combined. He also has some making up to do. The Australia native ranks fourth in the season-long Race to the Toyota Cup points standings and is behind two other competitors in the race: American Cameron Dye, who ranks second, and Filip Ospaly of the Czech Republic, who ranks third. The professional field, which includes 17 men and 16 women, will compete for $40,000 in prize money during the race, which starts at 7:15 a.m. with a 0.9-mile swim at Venice Beach, followed by a 24-mile bike ride to downtown L.A. and a 6.2-mile run finishing at L.A. Live.
August 23, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis and August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles city officials voted Monday to deny operating permits for this weekend's Sunset Junction festival, a decision that could mean the cancellation of one of the city's best known music events for the first time in three decades. Members of the Board of Public Works voted 3-1 to deny the application from the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance, citing nearly $400,000 in unpaid fees for the 2011 and 2010 festivals. But they left open the possibility that they might reconsider the decision at their next meeting Wednesday if organizers can raise the nearly $142,000 owed for this year.
September 3, 2009 | Victoria Kim
Michael Jackson's estate will pay the undisclosed expenses for the singer's funeral Thursday -- a sum one attorney called "extraordinary." Probate Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the payment at a hearing Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles after an attorney for the estate's administrators assured him that the estate had the financial resources to pay for the funeral and that it would not affect its solvency. "The expenses are extraordinary; however, Michael Jackson is extraordinary," said attorney Jeryll S. Cohen, who told the judge that the administrators did not object to the expenses.
Saying they want the facts first, then opinions, five City Council members voted to spend $30,000 to study whether to reopen the streets behind Ventura High School to school-day traffic. The reopening of Poli Street will not be considered. Councilman Jim Monahan was not at the meeting, and Councilman Steve Bennett abstained because he lives within 2,500 feet of the hillside streets.
August 18, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
We have one word for you, Mr. President, the next time you want to sweep into Los Angeles late on a weekday afternoon: Helicopter. That way, you can avoid the streets the rest of us mere residents must use to get around. President Obama's fundraising mission in Los Angeles on Monday evening may have been a whirlwind trip for him, but it was a tedious slog for the thousands who found themselves in gridlock from the Westside to downtown. A Brentwood resident's two-mile jaunt took 45 minutes.
August 17, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley, Tribune Washington Bureau
With a quick visit to Los Angeles at rush hour, President Obama raised $1 million Monday for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He also alienated some Angelenos, at least temporarily, as his motorcade mangled evening traffic en route from the Beverly Hilton to the Hancock Park home of producer John Wells, whose credits include "West Wing," "ER" and "Southland. " Onlookers lined Olympic Boulevard, snapping cellphone photos. One person held a small sign declaring, "We need jobs.
August 18, 2010
A one-man SigAlert Re " Obama raises cash, L.A. commuter ire," Aug. 17 I'd like to thank President Obama for ruining my evening and that of many thousands of other Angelenos who found it extremely difficult to make our way home because of his visit to raise money for the Democratic Party. It is hard to imagine how he could have picked a worse time to travel through the streets of West Los Angeles to meet with a few high-and-mighty individuals and fill his party's coffers.
August 18, 1998
Seeking to alleviate traffic congestion near South Pasadena Middle School before and after the school day, the city is considering closing off Rollin Street to through traffic. A city advisory committee is examining four potential solutions to relieve congestion at the school. All the alternatives involve an Edison Co. right of way between Rollin and Oak streets to be used for student drop-off and pick-up. In addition, three of the solutions call for mid-block closures of Rollin Street.
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