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  • Public-Private Partnerships Will Not Save U.S. Infrastructure

    05/23/2017 1:09:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | May 17, 2017 | Stephen Miller
    This week, while Donald Trump ensnares himself in the most serious threat to his presidency to date, Congress is, to some extent, continuing with the typical business of government. A series of hearings during “Infrastructure Week” are focusing on the administration’s rumored infrastructure plan.Although the White House has been talking up private infrastructure investment as a replacement for public funding, a panel of experts told Congress that, even with perfectly executed public-private partnerships, the federal government still needs to provide its own support — especially for projects, like transit lines, that aren’t guaranteed to generate toll revenue for profit-seeking investors.This...
  • Air Force fighter jets scrambled after disturbance on American Airlines flight

    05/19/2017 9:28:21 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 86 replies
    Guardian ^ | 19 May 2017
    A passenger reportedly tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles The US military on Friday scrambled two Air Force fighter jets to escort an American Airlines flight into Honolulu international airport after a disturbance was reported on board, a Pacific Command spokesman said. Neither the military nor American Airlines immediately disclosed the nature of the disturbance, but local news media reported that a passenger had tried to force his way into the cockpit of the Honolulu-bound flight from Los Angeles. HawaiiNewsNow said an airline crew member and an off-duty Honolulu police officer...
  • Crime Increase Sparks Criminal Justice Reform Debate in California

    05/19/2017 10:53:53 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 5 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 17, 2017 | Sarah Le
    Crime has been going up in California, and some members of law enforcement and their support organizations are blaming a series of changes to Californias criminal justice system in recent years. Violent crime in California increased 10 percent and property crime increased 8.1 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the California Office of the Attorney General. In Los Angeles, violent crime increased three years in a row, rising 69.5 percent since 2013, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Our city has experienced a steady crime increase in almost all categories, said LAPD Sergeant Jerretta Sandoz, vice president...
  • Los Angeles schools offer to blatantly break the law in opposing ICE

    05/11/2017 6:59:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/11/2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    The folks on the left coast may want to kick those Calexit talks into high gear because the state of California is acting more and more like their own country at this point anyway. The latest shot fired in the race to “Resist! Trump!” and thwart the efforts of law enforcement to protect our borders comes from one of the largest school systems in the nation… Los Angeles. The school board enacted new policies this week which go far beyond simply “refusing to cooperate” with immigration enforcement agents, declaring that they will actively move to prevent ICE officers from...
  • Helping to build Trumps wall? An LA leader wants the public to know

    05/09/2017 10:59:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Los Angeles Daily News ^ | May 9, 2017 | City News Service
    Councilman Gil Cedillo said Tuesday he plans to introduce a motion that would require companies seeking contracts with the city to publicly disclose if they are also submitting bids to build President Donald Trumps controversial border wall. The measure would impose strict penalties and fines on any company that fails to disclose the information. Cedillo said he plans to introduce the motion at Fridays Los Angeles City Council meeting and discuss it at a news conference Thursday with a coalition of immigration rights, community and labor leaders, including Rusty Hicks, executive secretary-treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor....
  • Los Angeles City Council passes resolution seeking Trump impeachment

    05/09/2017 9:15:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Great moments in local governance. City councils do this, of course. My city council is just as liberal, and they passed a resolution last year refusing to do business with North Carolina because of the transgender bathroom law. Im sure North Carolina is dreading the imminent collapse of its economy without the dollars flowing from Royal Oak. But just because its common doesnt make it any less absurd, and its all the more absurd when your gigantic city is awash in problems of its own - and could really use some focus from its leaders on solving those problems. Instead,...
  • Gov't Healthcare Horror show. More than 100 veterans died waiting at Los Angeles VA hospital

    05/08/2017 7:38:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Over the weekend we saw another story emerge which reminds us that the lingering effects of the VA scandal are far from gone and too much work remains to be done. It’s not that we haven’t seen some signs of progress at the agency. Shortly after President Trump decided to keep David Shulkin around and place him in charge of the VA, the new Secretary begged for expanded authority to fire failing workers. That prompted the President to create what I like to think of as the Office of Your Butt is Fired inside the VA. That office clearly...
  • Vin Scully has microphone retired at Dodger Stadium ceremony

    05/04/2017 9:21:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 3, 2017 | Bill Shaikin
    For a franchise that has been so successful in Los Angeles, the Dodgers 10 retired numbers speak largely to a Brooklyn heritage. On the day the Dodgers retired his microphone alongside those numbers and perhaps for the last time at Dodger Stadium Vin Scully told stories of the Boys of Summer. Those numbers are not numbers at all, Scully said Wednesday. I can hear them. I really can. ... In a pregame ceremony, [Tommy] Lasorda and Sandy Koufax unveiled Scullys blue and white circle along what the Dodgers now call their ring of honor, with VIN SCULLY atop...
  • 1 in 8 children in California schools have an undocumented parent

    05/01/2017 12:33:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Daily news ^ | April 28, 2017 | By Louis Freedberg, EdSource
    Posing significant challenges for educators, about 1 in 8 students in California schools has at least one parent who is undocumented, according to a new brief from the Education Trust-West. Undocumented children as well as U.S. citizen children with undocumented relatives have experienced heightened anxieties for several years as a result of deportation policies begun under President George W. Bush and tightened ones under President Barack Obama. But according to school officials, those anxieties have reached new heights since Donald Trumps inauguration, with possible consequences on their ability to focus on school work, the willingness of parents to attend school...
  • A look inside Elon Musk's futuristic LA traffic-beating tunnel system

    04/29/2017 10:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies
    ABC 7 Eyewitness News ^ | April 28, 2017 | Coleen Sullivan
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- He's conquered the streets with electric cars, and he's leading the commercial race to space, but that's not enough for Elon Musk. Billionaire Musk spoke at a TED Talks conference and gave the first glimpse of the traffic-beating underground tunnels he hopes to create. The SpaceX and Tesla CEO plans to build the network of tunnels with his latest venture, The Boring Company. Construction was well underway at the Hawthorne-based business on Friday. AIR7 HD was overhead as crews worked on the early designs of a tunnel-digging machine with The Boring Company logo. Here's how it...
  • Black Lives Matter Arsonist Sentenced to 15 Years, $100 Million Restitution

    04/26/2017 8:49:26 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies ^ | 4/25/17 | Adelle Nazarian
    The arsonist who set the massive fire at the partially built Da Vinci apartment complex in Downtown Los Angeles after being inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement in 2014 was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday. Dawud Abdulwali, who said the fire was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and his rage against police officers, pleaded no contest to one count of arson and admitted to using an accelerant to start the blaze, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County district attorneys office and reported by the Los Angeles Times. According to local...
  • Bills Seek to Cut Detention by Reducing Bail Usage in California

    04/23/2017 12:12:54 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 15 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Sarah Le
    Two bills in Californias state Senate and Assembly could dramatically alter the states bail system, and in many cases, eliminate bail completely. Sen. Robert Hertzberg and Assemblyman Rob Bonta introduced identical bills to the Senate and Assembly called The California Money Bail Reform Act of 2017, which aims to reduce the number of people detained before trial. This month, the senate bill passed its first hurdle, the Senate Public Safety Committee. Advocates say the reforms to the bail system could help the more than 45,000 Californians currently awaiting trial or sentencing. With the most common bail amount set at $50,000...
  • Caught on video: Woman punched in face after saying no to sex ("Refugee" in Los Angeles)

    04/10/2017 5:28:55 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 36 replies
    My News LA ^ | 4-8-2017 | Toni McAllister
    Police said that the woman and her friends left a bar in the 3600 block of University Avenue about 3 a.m. on March 12 and walked to her car around the corner, in a multi-story parking garage at 3473 Orange St. The suspect trailed after the victim, attempting to get intimately acquainted. When she told him no, he punched the victim in the face, according to a police statement. The woman received treatment for her injury, which was serious but not life-threatening, investigators said. The man was Hispanic, in his early 20s, about 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, wearing a red...
  • Feds Raid Suspected $50M Visa Fraud Ring Near Los Angeles

    04/06/2017 2:37:49 PM PDT · by posterchild · 4 replies
    NPR ^ | Apr 5, 2017 | Laurel Wamsley
    Federal authorities raided a Los Angeles-area business on Wednesday that the FBI suspects of orchestrating a $50 million visa fraud scheme. Filings in federal court allege that the California Investment Immigration Fund sought money from more than 100 Chinese investors, and in the process helped many of them to obtain U.S. green cards through a visa program called EB-5. But, says FBI Special Agent Gary Chen in those filings, those projects were never built.
  • Global Sex Trafficking Ring Busted In One Of Americas Happiest, Safest Cities

    04/02/2017 11:44:17 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 3/30/2017
    IRVINE ( Authorities say theyve uncovered a massive international sex trafficking ring in Southern California. Prosecutors announced the arrest of four people connected to the Orange County-based enterprise that allegedly placed thousands of ads for sexual services in 29 states over the past two years. The ring was based locally in Irvine, officials said. Women and girls from China were forced to sell themselves for sex and sometimes forced to work 14 hours a day in homes purchased specifically for the purposes of prostitution, according to authorities. Investigators tracked the ring through thousands of ads selling sex on
  • Many L.A. Millennials Have Found a Solution to High Rents

    04/02/2017 7:34:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | March 22, 2017 | Dennis Romero
    Los Angeles rents are some of the worst in the nation, and don't even think about buying a home here. Resourceful millennials have found one solution, though: living at home with mom and dad. A new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data for America's largest cities found that 41.5 percent of Greater Los Angeles millennials either still live at home or have moved back in. In the Inland Empire, that figure was 44.5 percent, according to the "Not-So-Empty Nests" report by apartment listing site Abodo. ... Greater L.A., including Orange County, ranked fourth for U.S. metro areas with the largest...
  • LA planning to hit back at Trump if federal funding cut

    03/30/2017 9:45:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    MyNewsLA ^ | March 30, 2017 | Toni McAllister
    When it comes to President Donald Trumps threats and executive order to cut federal funding off to so-called sanctuary cities, a City Council committee Thursday requested a proactive plan on how to hit back with legal action should the order be executed on Los Angeles. We are on the defensive so much of the time, said Councilwoman Nury Martinez at a meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on Immigrant Affairs before requesting the city attorneys office report back on how you are going to protect our city and our interests in case the federal government comes after us. Councilman David...
  • Los Angeles mayor vows to fight Trump administration attempt to strip sanctuary city funding

    03/28/2017 8:00:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 03/28/2017 | Elizabeth Chou
    Responding to the latest warnings by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Department of Justice funds will be withheld from sanctuary cities, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday he will fight efforts by the Trump administration to take away federal funding needed for law enforcement in Los Angeles. Garcetti said that such actions would be unconstitutional, adding that the city’s policies are “designed to keep our residents safe.” “Slashing funds for first-responders, for our port and airport, for counterterrorism, crime-fighting and community-building serves no one — not this city, not the federal government, not the American people,” he said. “We will...
  • NoHo school budget cuts due to high white student percentage sparks outrage

    03/27/2017 3:20:32 PM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 3/26/17 | John Gregory
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Outrage has grown at Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, as the school faces layoffs and increased class sizes due to a law limiting funds for schools with a higher white student body. The Los Angeles Unified School District provides more funding for schools where the white population is below 30 percent. In a letter to parents, the district noted the highly regarded middle school had been above the percentage for the past couple years. The racial formula was a condition imposed by court decisions dealing with desegregation in the 1970s. Parents, however,...
  • Los Angeles Middle School Faces Budget Cut For Having Too Many White People

    03/27/2017 7:02:47 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/27/2017 | Amber Randall
    Los Angeles parents are outraged after their middle school announced budget cuts because there are too many white students, according to Sunday reports. Walter Reed Middle School announced there would be layoffs and larger classes because the schools white student body is too big, reports ABC 7. The Los Angeles Unified School District gives schools money only if white students make up no more than thirty percent of the student population. Walter Reed Middle Schools white population increased heavily over the past few years, leading to the budget cut announcement. Parents remained unhappy with the announcement, citing concerns for their...