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Sep 26, 2014

California Catholic diocese reveals new look for famed Crystal Cathedral

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California Roman Catholic diocese that bought the Crystal Cathedral, famed for its “Hour of Power” broadcasts, plans a remodel to orient the mega-church’s interior toward an altar and close off some views, a rector said on Thursday.

Rector Christopher Smith said in an interview a day after the redesign was unveiled that the church in Southern California’s Garden Grove is expected to be ready for a dedication in early 2017 following a multimillion dollar renovation.

Sep 24, 2014

Los Angeles officials give initial OK to $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Workers at large Los Angeles hotels would see their wages rise to $15.37 an hour under a measure given preliminary approval by city leaders on Wednesday that would grant employees in that sector one of the highest wage floors in the nation.

The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles City Council by a vote of 12-3, is subject to a final vote next week. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who last month pledged to bring the city’s overall minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has said he would sign the hotel measure if it reaches his desk.

Sep 24, 2014

LA officials give initial OK to $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Workers at large Los
Angeles hotels would see their wages rise to $15.37 an hour
under a measure given preliminary approval by city leaders on
Wednesday that would grant employees in that sector one of the
highest wage floors in the nation.

The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles City Council by a
vote of 12-3, is subject to a final vote next week. Mayor Eric
Garcetti, who last month pledged to bring the city’s overall
minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has said he would sign the hotel
measure if it reaches his desk.

Sep 23, 2014

Smoldering fire at Los Angeles port stops container traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thick smoke from a smoldering fire started by a welder’s torch at the Port of Los Angeles was preventing the movement of containers at the facility on Tuesday, because the foul air was too harmful for dock workers, officials said.

The fire broke out on Monday evening at a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest seaport, and at one point it had engulfed the entire 800-foot (244-metre) length of the wharf, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told a news conference.

Sep 23, 2014

Los Angeles Register newspaper ends publication, five months after launch

LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Register,
launched just five months ago in an attempt to challenge larger
competitors in the city including the Los Angeles Times, ended
publication of its print edition on Tuesday due to a lack of
readers, the publisher said.

Freedom Communications, publisher of the Orange County
Register and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, was widely seen
as taking a bold risk in starting the Los Angeles Register in
April by seeking to overcome declining readership for
newspapers.

Sep 20, 2014

Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said.

Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes.

Sep 19, 2014

Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found.

The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district’s largely disadvantaged students, but which has since emerged as a political controversy.

Sep 17, 2014

Family of unarmed man shot by L.A. police files civil rights suit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of an unarmed black man shot dead by Los Angeles police accused the officers of violating his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and was seeking $75 million in damages from the city.

Police have said two officers shot and killed 25-year-old Ezell Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, in mostly poor South Los Angeles on Aug. 11 after he struggled with an officer and tried to grab his gun.

Sep 17, 2014

Wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 homes

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday
against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced
2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry
timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe.

The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major
wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at
least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National
Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said.

Sep 17, 2014

California wildfire in national forest threatens at least 1,600 homes

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said.

The increasing danger from the so-called King Fire came after firefighters battling nearly a dozen major blazes across the drought-parched state managed to halt the advance of another destructive blaze on Tuesday that charred 150 homes in a town near the Oregon border.