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LA City Budget, Audit Practices Rile Up Residents
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel was met with frustration and even outrage at a town hall meeting last week, much of it regarding the city's perceived failure to audit redevelopment agencies. Come Wednesday, Feb. 1, all California community ...

When college applicants plagiarize, Turnitin can spot them
UCLA's Anderson School of Management and Stanford University are among more than 100 colleges using Turnitin's database to detect plagiarism in application essays. Andrew Ainslie, a senior associate dean at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, ...

Details emerge in case involving sheriff's captain placed on leave
An LA County deputy has filed a complaint alleging that Capt. Bernice Abram tried to deflect law enforcement attention away from gang activity in Compton. By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times For years, Bernice Abram was a well-regarded manager at ...

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa offers leadership lesson at USC
LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa drops in on a USC class taught by Dan Schnur and discusses his career and leadership philosophy. He also says he wants to take a break when his term is up. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa tells USC leadership ...

South Pasadena buys armored vehicle from Burbank for $1
The Peacekeeper armored vehicle is a welcome addition as the South Pasadena Police Department boosts its SWAT training and abilities, the police chief says. By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times These days a dollar can buy a can of soda, a song on iTunes ...

Social Calendar: January 30
By Patt Diroll Tuesday Musicale and Opera Pasadena present a concert in honor of Mozart's birthday. 7:30 pm Altadena Baptist Church, 791 E. Calaveras St., Altadena. Suggested donation: $10. 626-398-0658. The Colburn School Orchestra, conducted by ...

LA County firefighters help each other cope with toughest part of the job
By Christina Villacorte, Staff Writer Los Angeles County Fire Capt. Scott Ross, right, talks over issues with Firefighter Richard Conejo, left, who was recently affected by the death of a fellow firefighter. They meet under the auspices of the LA ...

Suit targets dirty air
By Melissa Pamer, Staff Writer View of a smoggy downtown Los Angeles from the Puente Hills Landfill on Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011. (SGVN/Staff photo by Keith Durflinger) A growing body of science has confirmed common-sense instinct that dirty freeway air ...

LA County firefighters help each other cope with toughest part of...
LA County firefighters help each other cope with toughest part of...

UCLA Football Recruiting: Updated Rankings, More on Fuller's Commitment ...
UCLA Football Recruiting: Updated Rankings, More on Fuller's Commitment ...

Ex-LAPD Detective's Trial Begins Today for 1986 Murder of Her Former ...
Ex-LAPD Detective's Trial Begins Today for 1986 Murder of Her Former ...

Business Digest: Dyet joins Union Bank, NA
Union Bank NA announced Monday that Drew Dyet has joined the residential wholesale team as an account executive for the bank's consumer lending group. Based in Los Angeles, Dyet is responsible for building and managing mortgage broker relationships in ...

Sundance and the Oscars: A big week for UCLA's School of Theater, Film and TV
By David Chute January 30, 2012 Category: Arts & Humanities Five Academy Award nominations and a brace of official selections in competition at the Sundance Film Festival capped an extraordinary week of accomplishment for students and alumni of the ...

USC in the News
Los Angeles Times reported that Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited a class taught by Dan Schnur of the USC Dornsife College. "Case Studies in Modern Leadership" focuses on readings from a variety of leaders; Villaraigosa spoke about the ...

February King Tides to Illustrate the Future Effects of Sea Level Rise
Los Angeles King Tides have arrived in California! King tides are extreme wintertime high tide events that occur as the result of the combined gravitational forces of the sun and moon. They are a naturally occurring phenomenon that can cause coastal ...

RFID helps crack LA pallet-theft ring; plastic thieves beware – you're being ...
RFID helps crack LA pallet-theft ring; plastic thieves beware – you're being ...

Native Voices Frybread Queen (photo: Elizabeth Frances)
Native Voices at the Autry continues its vital role as the country's only equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to developing the work of Native American playwrights with a staged reading of HUNKA by award-winning playwright Larissa FastHorse ...

Pinkberry Co-Founder Pleads in Assault Case
By Jason Kandel An attorney for Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee told NBC LA in an exclusive television interview that his client is looking forward to clearing his name of assault charges. One of the founders of the Pinkberry yogurt chain accused of ...

Downtown Representative Quits Redistricting Panel
Estela Lopez, who runs the business improvement district that operates in the Arts District. She's looking to expand the district's borders. Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012 4:27 pm | Updated: 5:11 pm, Mon Jan 30, 2012. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Estela ...

Simi Valley Considers Requiring Condoms in Adult Films
As concern about influx of pornography industry to Simi Valley mounts, City Council considers new ordinance requiring condoms. By jkelson Officials in Simi Valley will discuss an ordinance Monday evening that would require all male actors in ...

Politics as Entertainment
By Richard Reeves LOS ANGELES—- In 1976, to my regret, I wrote what amounted to an obituary of the Republican Party. Writing about the Democratic Convention in New York that year, I said: "The Republicans were declining into a parody of the nation and ...

TopTenWholesale and ChinaMart to Host China's Vice President: You're Invited ...
TopTenWholesale and ChinaMart to Host China's Vice President: You're Invited ...

Jury selection starts in former LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus' trial over ...
Jury selection starts in former LAPD detective Stephanie Lazarus' trial over ...

LA County supervisors violated open meeting laws, DA says
The supervisors met behind closed doors with Gov. Jerry Brown last fall to discuss a controversial plan to give local governments responsibility for nonviolent prisoners and probationers. By Jason Song and Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times Los Angeles ...

Today in the SCV: Jan. 31, 2012
By Guest Commentary Want your event listed? Email [email protected] with your event's details. Include the time, date, location and contact information with your submission. What: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors hosts its regular ...

Grading UCLA's 2011 recruiting class
Fifth and final in a series of slideshows grading recent UCLA recruiting classes. Click on the photo to find out how they fared. More recruiting classes: 2007 I 2008 I 2009 I 2010 47% off! 2 Hours off Road Segway in Big Bear Lake At Action Segway Tours ...

Solar Energy Use on the Rise
The Los Angeles area is finally catching up with San Diego in terms of solar electricity use, according to this report. By City News Service The amount of electricity produced via rooftop solar panels in Los Angeles nearly tripled over the past two ...

Adapting the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance
Tom Gilmore's Old Bank District was the first project to test the city's Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which was approved in 1999. City officials are looking at making some changes to the ordinance to benefit more projects. Posted: Tuesday, January 31, ...

Kaiser nurses on 24-hour strike today in Woodland Hills, Downey
LOS ANGELES - Unionized nurses and other health-care workers will stage a 24-hour strike today at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center and other area hospitals as part of a job action at 160 Kaiser Permanente facilities statewide. Walkouts are planned for ...

Marijuana Ban in Los Angeles Heads to City Council: Dispensary Group Pushes ...
Marijuana Ban in Los Angeles Heads to City Council: Dispensary Group Pushes ...


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