Council panel wants health study for zoo elephant

Independent Wire Services LOS ANGELES — A City Council committee has recommended that Billy, an elephant that has lived at the Los Angeles Zoo for most of his 30 years, undergo an independent health study by a three-member panel of outside experts who are not too closely associated with any zoos. The Arts, Entertainment, Parks…

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Council panel approves restaurant ban on plastic straws

Independent Wire Service LOS ANGELES — All Los Angeles restaurants would be banned from giving customers plastic straws by 2021 under a proposal backed Oct. 16 by a City Council committee. Councilman Mitch O’Farrell wants to create a citywide single-use plastic straw ordinance that would go further than a bill, recently signed by Gov. Jerry…

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