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Los Angeles News 02/2014 (Page 5)



LA suit accuses unlicensed care facilities of abuse
They were pitched as small, quiet homes for the physically and mentally disabled — safe places in the heart of Los Angeles' historic Adams district. But court papers paint a much grimmer picture of Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church. Swarms of ...

Los Angeles City Council members seek living wage of $15.37 for hotel workers
Saying it would boost the salary of some 11,000 hotel workers, three Los Angeles City Council members called Tuesday for expanding the city's living-wage program to $15.37 an hour for the 87 hotels with more than 100 rooms. The proposal immediately ...

LA Unified names caretaker for vacant board seat
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday appointed a former district administrator to oversee the seat left vacant by the death of member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte in December. In a closed-door meeting, the board selected Sylvia Rousseau, ...

LA's Request For More Left Turn Arrows No Practical Order For Department Of ...
LA's Request For More Left Turn Arrows No Practical Order For Department Of ...

Craigslist killing suspect's claim of LA victim is unverified: officials
Authorities in Pennsylvania say they have yet to substantiate claims by a young woman suspected of killing a man she met on Craigslist that she had more than 20 other victims, including one in L.A.. "There has been no verification of any of the ...

LA Now Live: Discuss latest LA Archdiocese priest abuse settlement
Join Times staff writer Victoria Kim for a discussion at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on what officials say is the Los Angeles Archdiocese's final settlement of its pending priest molestation lawsuits. A decade of wrenching abuse litigation has cost the ...

Politics and government
Mayor Garcetti on why he's into infrastructure: "The basics have been neglected for too long, and it's the foundation I have to lay in the first few years if I'm going to write the next chapter of LA." NPR. Why it stinks to be a Member of Congress ...

Writing from California comes to LA Thursday through Saturday
On Thursday night, Walter Mosley kicks off the Los Angeles edition of Writing from California, a two-part series separated by four months and 400 miles. The Los Angeles event is two-plus days of free literary programs -- panels, readings, discussions ...

Thirteen candidates file to run for vacant LA school board seat
Thirteen candidates are seeking spots on the ballot for a June special election to fill the Los Angeles school board seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte. The deadline for candidates to file their declaration of intent passed ...

Review: Menil design by LA's Johnston Marklee is deceptively simple
Sharon Johnston, who runs the Los Angeles firm Johnston Marklee & Associates with her husband Mark Lee, told me a couple of years ago that there was one key difference between their work and the mannered, loosely flamboyant designs of Thom Mayne, ...

LA developer bets on Hollywood revival with new office complex
One of Los Angeles' longtime developers is betting big on the revival of Hollywood as he launches work on a $138-million speculative office development near Santa Monica Boulevard. After dusting off plans for an office complex first conceived before ...

LAPD recruits endure tough training, then hit reality on the streets
The LAPD academy class was a mix of people from different backgrounds struggling to make it through training together. For those who did, the streets of L.A. took the challenge to a new level. By Joel Rubin. February 20, 2014, 3:00 a.m.. The LAPD ...

Gusty LA winds uproot trees, down power lines; warmer days ahead
Gusty winds that caused minor damage across the Southland overnight are expected to continue Thursday with the potential to hit 50 mph in some areas. Strong winds felled trees and downed power lines overnight Wednesday, leaving some 2,000 people in ...

How invasive plants at LAX feed giraffes and elephants at LA Zoo
The bad news: Exotic acacia trees pose a pesky problem for native coastal dunes at Los Angeles International Airport. The good news: Giraffes like them -- a lot. Now a long-term partnership that began last fall between the airport and the L.A. Zoo ...

LA theater openings, Feb. 23-March 2: 'Cry, Trojans!' and more
E.L. James' naughty and knotty bestseller is spoofed in "50 Shades! The Musical" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, Impro Theatre tackles Tennessee Williams at South Coast Rep, and the Wooster Group reworks the Bard's "Troilus & Cressida" in the world ...

Los Angeles is among the top 10 US cities for income inequality
Los Angeles is among the top 10 U.S. cities with the widest gulf between the rich and poor, a Washington think tank reported Thursday. The upper 5% of Los Angeles residents earned more than 12 times what the bottom 20% took in, Alan Barube, who studies ...

LA teacher gets 2 years in prison for sexually abusing students
A Los Angeles charter school teacher was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of committing lewd acts on a child, the district attorney's office said. Juan Ramon Cardoza, 56, of Downey admitted in court last ...

Report criticizes LA County spending on emergency medical services
State auditors reported Thursday that Los Angeles County cannot prove it has properly used money from a special tax to provide emergency medical services. Auditors examined the county's use of revenue from Measure B, a parcel tax approved by voters in ...

LA's Bachelors Ball is revel without a cause
Shunning any lofty purpose, the exclusive event has featured a live bear, aerialists, the USC marching band and many, many drinks. The tradition goes back more than a century. By James Rainey. February 21, 2014, 3:00 a.m.. Shunning any lofty purpose ...

L.A.'s own Ninja Metrics wins DEW startup pitch contest
Redondo Beach-based Ninja Metrics won a prize package worth more than $74,000 at the DEW Startup and Pitch Competition this week. Annlee Ellingson: Staff Writer- L.A. Biz: Email | Twitter. Throughout the day on Wednesday, tech entrepreneurs took to ...

Adam Fleischman's Roadhouse LA: Our Version of Epcot's Texasland?
Adam Fleischman has a knack for gimmicks. The guy who launched the Umami Burger empire and recently announced that he'll be opening a chocolate-flavored fried chicken joint is no stranger to super concept-y concepts. And so, when he announced that ...

Pursuit in LA reaches 122 mph; driver is international student
An international student at UC Irvine led authorities on a pursuit Thursday night that at times reached 122 mph, according to the California Highway Patrol. Yuan Zhou, 18, was arrested around 9:15 p.m. after a CHP cruiser maneuvered to stop the car on ...

Weekend Planner: 22 Things To Do In Los Angeles
LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what's happening in LA this weekend, including these 22 events. And we covered a few other picks in our monthly column. Now, no more excuses...so get ...

Review: LA Dance Project's launch at Ace Hotel beautifully in sync
Notwithstanding its name, the L.A. Dance Project is an international touring company that spends most of its time in Europe. On Thursday it launched a residency (reportedly through this fall) at the Ace Hotel downtown with a three-part program notable ...

Youth Group Helps to Create a Model of L.A. Planning
For most of us, the only experience we have ever had with land use and city planning issues has been through playing Monopoly. And yet there are few issues that have as much impact on our daily lives -- setting the standards for where we live, work ...

Verve Coffee to open first Los Angeles cafe downtown
Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters is opening its first Los Angeles cafe in downtown's Fashion District this summer. It's the latest coffee bar to open in a neighborhood that might be considered L.A.'s coffee central; also downtown are Stumptown ...

Chargers Pitch New Downtown San Diego Stadium Plan, But LA Still An Option
SAN DIEGO (CBSLA.com) — Under the newly elected San Diego mayor, the Chargers have proposed an $800 to $900 million stadium plan in downtown San Diego, just east of Petco Park. Kevin Faulconer, who will be sworn in March 3, said he will attempt ...

Crime alerts for Reseda, Vermont Knolls and 2 other LA neighborhoods
Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in four L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times' Crime L.A. database. Three neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Reseda (A) was ...

Los Angeles students compete in DWP's Science Bowl
Los Angeles high school students were vying Saturday for a chance to represent the city in a national science bowl in April. More than 225 local students, comprising 48 teams, were competing in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's 22nd ...

World War II Purple Heart recipient dies in LA house fire
Francisco Hernandez was a fiercely independent man, refusing help from family and neighbors -- even firing Meals on Wheels -- as he moved into old age at his Mt. Washington home. So it's not surprising that the 89-year-old World War II Purple Heart ...


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