Stormy Weather

04/01/2014 12:38 pm0 comments
Stormy Weather

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A cold storm out of the Gulf of Alaska brought the and strong rip currents today. In addition to this morning’s relatively light precipitation, there is a possibility of brief heavy downpours of rain, which could trigger minor mud and debris flows down slopes recently denuded [...]

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In receiving award, Amy Wakefield is critical of what she calls a broken system.

03/25/2014 4:30 pm0 comments
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Amy Wakefield, shown walking with her husband Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in the King day Parade, was honored last Friday by the Southern California Foster Family and Adoption Agency.

  From City News Service CENTURY CITY — Los Angeles first lady Amy Elaine Wakeland accepted an award from the Friday, and she both criticized the foster system as broken and applauded the work of foster families and organizations for making up the difference. Speaking at the Los Angeles-based agency’s [...]

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Southland artists line up for Open Call L.A. 2014

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About 2,000 Southland artists lined up at Barnsdall Park last Saturday to enter their artwork in Open Call 2014. The line, bottom left, stretched down the walkway leading to the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and then around the park as people waited in line to pay their $20-a-piece entry fee. Among the artists entering the show, below, is Ken Farkash, who entered two of his paintings.

    Independent Staff Report   HOLLYWOOD — Artists from throughout the Southland lined up at Barnsdall Park here last Saturday to enter their work in Open Call L.A., a non-juried biennial exhibition open to all artists residing in Southern California. The line stretched from the Los Angeles Municipal Art [...]

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Marijuana Initiative

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Industrial hemp

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Backers of an initiative that would legalize possession, use, cultivation, transportation and distribution of marijuana and hemp have until Aug. 18 to submit enough signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would also require the Legislature to adopt [...]

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Youth Jobs

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The city will offer twice as many jobs to young people this summer, with a total of 10,000 openings, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today. The Walt Disney Co. and Citibank each donated $1 million to fund the Hire L.A.’s Youth program, which makes jobs available to [...]

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Hollywood officer-involved shooting

03/24/2014 2:43 pm0 comments

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An officer-involved shooting at a Hollywood Hills home today left a policewoman injured and a suspect who barricaded himself in the residence dead, police said. The shooting occurred after officers went to the multi-story home in the 8200 block of Gould Ave., a winding road off [...]

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Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help

03/21/2014 3:57 pm0 comments
Drought-ravaged California turns to tech for help

  By Heather Kelly (CNN) — Sometimes it takes a disaster to inspire innovation. There is a major drought in California. It’s not the first state to face a water shortage recently, and it’s definitely not the first time California has had to battle drought, but it could drag on [...]

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City breaks ground on new City Hall parking structure

03/19/2014 1:17 pm0 comments
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Members of the West Hollywood City Council conduct ground-breaking ceremonies Monday afternoon for the city’s new automated garage and Community Plaza project adjacent to City Hall.

  Independent Staff Report WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city held a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for its automated garage and Community Plaza project at City Hall. The garage and plaza will be built on the site that formerly provided surface parking at City Hall. Construction is anticipated to continue through at [...]

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L.A. Council Members Inquire if Fracking Led to St. Patrick’s Day Quake

03/18/2014 2:54 pm0 comments
Baldwin Hills oil fields

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Three Los Angeles City Council members today called on city staff to investigate whether oil and natural gas drilling methods like fracking helped trigger Monday’s magnitude-4.4 earthquake. Councilmen Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin introduced a motion, seconded by Councilman Bernard Parks, that would direct city staff [...]

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Marijuana Tax

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Henry Hemp

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By ELIZABETH HSING-HUEI CHOU City News Service The city of Los Angeles has collected $8.6 million in business taxes from medical marijuana facilities since the taxation of such shops began nearly three years ago, the head of the city finance office said last week. The city has continued issuing tax [...]

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