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  • City attorney needs more staff for 8,800 new Prop. 47 misdemeanors

    City attorney needs more staff for 8,800 new Prop. 47 misdemeanors
    Because California voters reduced penalties for a number of drug and theft crimes by passing Prop. 47, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer asked the City Council on Monday to let him hire more employees to file roughly 8,800 more cases expected annually – crimes that used to be handled by the district attorney as felonies but now are misdemeanors.
  • L.A. mayor trumpets jobs to be created as energy use is cut

    L.A. mayor trumpets jobs to be created as energy use is cut
    Mayor Eric Garcetti said Monday that Los Angeles could reap thousands of jobs from its commitment to cutting energy consumption by 15% across the city. If L.A. meets that goal -- which Garcetti and Department of Water and Power officials declared the...

    Proposed ordinance would require L.A. residents to lock up handguns

    Proposed ordinance would require L.A. residents to lock up handguns
    A newly proposed Los Angeles city ordinance would require residents to secure handguns when they aren’t being used, either by storing them in a locked container or disabling them with a trigger lock. City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who proposed...

    L.A. lawmakers seek study on possible minimum wage hikes

    L.A. lawmakers seek study on possible minimum wage hikes
    A committee of Los Angeles lawmakers decided Tuesday to seek outside help in analyzing the possible effects of raising the minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25. Mayor Eric Garcetti has recommended gradually raising the wage to reach $13.25 in 2017, then...

    L.A. City Council should take time to get minimum wage hike right

    L.A. City Council should take time to get minimum wage hike right
    Several Los Angeles City Council members have requested further study of how Mayor Eric Garcetti's $13.25-an-hour minimum wage proposal — and the $15.25 alternative that is also being considered — would affect the local economy, particularly...