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Ruling deals setback to LA pension reforms
In a major victory for the city's unions, a Los Angeles hearing officer is recommending throwing out new pension rules enacted last summer. In a 28-page report sent to the city's Employee Relations Board members on Monday, hearing officer Luella Nelson ...

LA Cops Take Paintball Rounds on the Eastside
Los Angeles police have been the target of gunfire, rocks and bottles and endless brawlers. But last night cops patrolling Boyle Heights came under attack by ... a man with a paintball gun. Officers were not hit, but the alleged genius with the pretty ...

Train crossing fix near Glendale-Los Angeles border on track
Construction work on a railroad crossing on the Glendale-Los Angeles border that has been closed for about a year due to project glitches is on track to be complete by September, despite a massive oil spill in May, according to a city of Los Angeles ...

17 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week
Panel discussion on the billboard art by Robert Montgomery at the Ace Hotel. (Image: Courtesy of the Artist). LAist gets a lot of press releases, and we go through most of them to curate a list of our favorite events happening in L.A. Here are 17 ...

LA's Plastic Bag Ban Now Covers Almost All Markets
Mom-and-pop markets, liquor outlets and convenience stores are no longer immune to L.A.'s plastic bag ban, starting today. About 5,000 retailers that are 10,000 square feet or smaller and that have less than $2 million in annual sales will now have to ...

Green Dot, based in LA, plans to open schools in other states
Teacher Cassandra Villa, middle, compliments student Anisha Steward of Watts, during English class last year at Animo College Prep on the campus of Jordan High School in Watts. The school is operated by Green Dot, which is expanding into the states of ...

LA workers' comp costs higher than in some other cities
Los Angeles city employees file workers' compensation claims at rates higher than employees in other large California cities, according to two audits released Tuesday by City Controller Ron Galperin. L.A. needs to do more to control costs and ensure ...

LA to make tax revenue deal with downtown hotel developer
The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with plans to allow a real estate developer to keep $39.2 million in taxes expected over 25 years from a downtown hotel and residential project planned next to the 110 Freeway. The council voted 11 to ...

5 Artsy Things to Do in LA This Week, Including a Crying Artist in Italy
CalArts grads nearly always stage a post-graduation show somewhere in the city. It's like a coming-out party, and it's sometimes pretty chaotic โ€” lots of work to squeeze in. But this year's show is tight and worth seeing. Curated by artist William ...

LA city unions seek $15 minimum wage for workers and contractors
Vicente Ponce, holding broom, marches with hundreds of his fellow city workers on Main Street by Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday morning, protesting "predatory fees" the city pays to Wall Street banks. Vicente Ponce, holding broom, marches with ...

LA Has America's "Nicest" Drivers, Even on the Testy 4th of July Weekend
The 4th of July is that time of year when we beat our chests with pride about America, share hot dogs and beer, and whistle at men and women in boardshorts and bikinis. It's all good. Except if you're on the road. Safeco Insurance conducted a survey ...

Mayor Celebrates First Year In Office With Anniversary Tour Across LA
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) โ€” Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated his first year in office touring Los Angeles and addressing the progress he's made on his campaign promises. The mayor made several stops Tuesday, including LAX, Union Station, Koreatown, ...

50 Ways to Fight FOMO in Los Angeles
Got Fear of Missing Out as vacation season slips by? Try helipad yoga, a new wine or one of the hot restaurants on this list since, you know, YOLO. Recommended: Box Office: Where Are All the $100 Million-Plus Summer Openings? (Analysis) ยป · World Cup ...

Your Ultimate Guide To July: 20 Cool Events Happening In Los Angeles
We found a number of notable happenings in July (not even counting the July 4th festivities), so we're ready to help you plan your monthly social calendar. Read on for all our event picks and details. July 2 to Spring 2015. ART+MUSIC: The Donna Summer ...

Made in America producers offer $850000 for LA festival costs
Jay Z and Live Nation promoters say they'll pay $850,000 to cover municipal costs for the Labor Day music festival at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. Jay Z and Live Nation promoters say they'll pay $850,000 to cover municipal costs for the Labor ...

LA councilman seeks systemic plan on sidewalk repairs
Los Angeles is increasing spending to begin addressing a massive backlog of sidewalk repairs. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times). Emily Alpert Reyes contact the reporter · FinancePaul KrekorianHerb Wesson. City needs an 'endgame' on sidewalk repairs, ...

Man accused of setting more than 20 small fires in LA
A 43-year-old man has been charged with setting more than 20 small trash fires throughout Los Angeles this year, prosecutors said Wednesday. Salvador Munguia pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the string of fires, two of which ignited dry grass, according ...

LA's New Wave of Indie Comedy Labels
In a single-room Cypress Park office, comedians Al Madrigal and Bill Burr spearhead the efforts of the six dozen comics who make up the collective All Things Comedy. Their enterprise, which began in October 2012, emphasizes DIY over decor โ€” concrete, ...

LA fireworks crackdown continues with 1-ton bust; seven charged
Officials are cracking down hard on illegal pyrotechnics, warning the public that if they're caught even possessing a banned firework, they can go to jail and face thousands of dollars in fines. Officials are cracking down hard on illegal pyrotechnics ...

The Best Fetish Clubs in Los Angeles
While fetishism has been around for decades (Bettie Page being one its biggest stars in the '50s), it wasn't until around the early '90s when its presence in the nightclub scene became prevalent. Widely recognized as bringing the S&M lifestyle and ...

Jay Z's Downtown Street Festival Would Pay LA Citizens Very Little
The Jay Z-curated Made In America festival in Grand Park and on downtown city streets Aug. 30 and 31 would pay local taxpayers a relatively small amount for police, street closures and other public services. See also: Jay Z's Downtown L.A. Fest Could ...

LA's first cannabis farmer's market to open Friday
Paizley Bradbury, 22, executive director of Progressive Horizon Inc., holds a marijuana bud of strain called OG Kush in a large shed where the company is going to host the California Heritage Market on July 4-6 in Los Angeles. Paizley Bradbury, 22 ...

Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Set for LA, Orange, San Bernardino and ...
Fourth of July Fireworks Shows Set for LA, Orange, San Bernardino and ...

5 Entertaining Things to Do in LA This Week for $12 or Less
After you've had your fun this Fourth of July weekend, why not keep the party going? This week, two free, summer-long festivals kick off: The Old Pasadena Film Festival and Twilight Concerts at the Pier. Want more music? Check out two lesser-known ...

First Marijuana Farmers' Market in LA
The line snaked around the block at an off-the-beaten-track warehouse in Boyle Heights Friday. An 81-year-old woman with arthritis and insomnia stood next to a 40-something Orange County soccer mom-type, who is next to a 24-year-old tie dye-wearing ...

Union wins $15 minimum wage for LA schools' service workers
Juanita Turcios, a preschool teachers assistant, and daughter Nelcie rally in May for the $15 minimum wage that Los Angeles Unified School District board members just agreed to unanimously. Juanita Turcios, a preschool teachers assistant, and daughter ...

Grand Park attendees take in music, reflect on Fourth of July
Sisters Cherokee, 7, and Maya Lynne Spears, 4 of Los Angeles enjoy a misting station as they join thousands of people at the Grand Park Fourth of July Block Party in downtown Los Angeles. Sisters Cherokee, 7, and Maya Lynne Spears, 4 of Los Angeles ...

A star-spangled party at LA's Grand Park
Fireworks explode over the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as tens of thousands of people look on from the Grand Park Fourth of July celebration in downtown Los Angeles. Fireworks explode over the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as tens of thousands of people look ...

Weekend Planner: 12 Things To Do in Los Angeles
La Luz de Jesus holds art openings and a BBQ on Friday night. (Photo: Image detail of Damian Fulton's 'His Royal Highness'). 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 ...

Manhattan ranks high among best suburbs in L.A.
While not all statistics are flattering, according to a recent NerdWallet survey, Manhattan Beach has stats that can be a source of pride for the city. After crunching the numbers to determine the Best Burbs of Los Angeles the consumer advocacy group ...


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