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How should LAPD use drones? Tell them tonight

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Los Angeles Police Department will host four community meetings today to seek public input on a proposed pilot program to deploy drones as a crime-fighting tool. “The one-year program would use a small Unmanned Aer...

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  • Education

    LAUSD schools are cooking up a vegan menu, starting at these campuses

    North Hollywood and Sylmar students will be among the first to judge vegan cafeteria food choices in seven Los Angeles Unified School District high schools beginning Sept. 5. The idea is to expand healthy-eating options with teaser dishes including plant-based burgers, chili with tortilla chips, bean tamales, sausage subs and teriyaki patty sandwiches, district officials said. District nutrition specialists worked with food suppliers to meet nutritional and vegan standards.

    Marianne Love

  • Search and rescue efforts

    Ill hiker airlifted from West Hills park

    WEST HILLS >> A girl became ill while hiking near West Hills today and was taken to a hospital. Firefighters responded about 2:35 p.m. to a hilltop in El Escorpión Park in the Simi Hills area, where the teen was suffering some kind of medical emergency, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. She was with two other hikers who both refused to be hoisted out of the area, Humphrey said. The teen was airlifted to an ambulance and taken to a...

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  • Consumer affairs

    Hate robocalls? Here’s who gets the most in Southern California

    I hope you know you’re not the only person deluged by automated telephone marketing campaigns known as “robocalls” that often skirt legality. Let me show you what I learned from YouMail, an Irvine-based provider of voicemail and phone-security services, and its estimates of local robocall activity. The details are derived from its database of telephone calls it manages for its 8 million clients. For example, my trusty spreadsheet tells me that 15 Southern...

    By Jonathan Lansner @jonlan on Twitter|

  • Health

    LA-area porn industry slams leaders over ‘terrible’ permit fees

    Adult film producers across Los Angeles County will now have to pay more than $1,600 every two years for health inspections in their studios, after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set fees meant to enforce condom use on all porn sets. The 4-0 vote by the board was made after about a dozen performers from the adult film industry spoke out against the effort during a public hearing in downtown Los Angeles. Many asked the board to consider how those fees could hurt smaller...

    Susan Abram

  • Homelessness

    LA County strikes deal with cities to ‘streamline’ homeless services

    Hoping to place thousands of homeless people into affordable housing regionwide, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to partner with all cities across the county that step up and help in the effort. A motion introduced by supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl will allow county officials to fund supportive services to all 88 cities that provide rental vouchers, for example. The supportive services will be paid for by Measure H...

    Susan Abram

  • Immigration policy

    Southern California Assembly members divided on immigration bill

    A bill that would further limit interactions between California law enforcement agencies and federal immigration agents is getting a mixed reception from Southern California Assembly members, with at least several still undecided. The bill, SB 54, passed the state Senate in April. It awaits action in the Assembly, which reconvened this week and will stay in session until mid-September. Known as the California Values Act or “the sanctuary state bill,” the legislation...

  • Politics

    Another scheme for stormwater taxes gathers steam in Sacramento: Susan Shelley

    Money is no object when you’re spending somebody else’s. If those words haven’t yet replaced “Eureka” as the official state motto of California, they soon will. The Legislature is back in session. The chairs were barely warm when lawmakers advanced yet another sneak attack on property owners. This time it’s a gut-and-amend bill to allow the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to levy special taxes for stormwater management...


  • Local governments

    LA Council committee approves developer ‘linkage fee’ to pay for affordable housing

    LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles City Council committee Tuesday supported one of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top priorities, requiring real estate developers to help fund the construction of affordable housing through a “linkage fee.” Although two members had expressed some reservations about the proposal at a meeting in June, the committee approved without objection some new recommendations that would create a tiered fee structure depending on the market rate of the...

    By Craig Clough City News Service|

  • Government pay

    California’s top public salaries go to coaches, doctors

    The best-compensated public employee in California last year was UCLA football coach Jim Mora, who made $3.57 million according to new pay data for 2016 the state controller released Tuesday. Mora, who has a 41-24 record in his first five seasons as the Bruins’ coach, signed a contract extension in June 2016 that could pay him $3.75 million in the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Gov. Jerry Brown, by comparison, got a raise to $190,100 in December. The Nos. 2 and 3 spots went...

    By Teri Sforza @terisforza on Twitter|

  • Rail accidents

    1 injured after Metrolink train hits car on tracks in Burbank

    A commuter train traveling through Burbank struck a car on the tracks Tuesday evening, injuring a person in the vehicle, authorities said. The collision was reported just before 6:15 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the intersection of Buena Vista and Vanowen streets, according to Lt. Gerry Misquez of the Burbank Police Department. A sedan was struck by a Metrolink train and the sole occupant of the car was injured and transported to a local hospital in unknown condition, Misquez...

    Ryan Fonseca

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