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Jun 10, 2015

FDA inspection released by union exposes potential food safety issues at L.A. airport

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – A U.S. government
inspection of food service facilities at Los Angeles
International Airport found dirty employee bathrooms and food
preparation issues, according to documents made public on
Wednesday by a union representing airline food workers.

The report from a Food and Drug Administration inspection
conducted in January was released by Unite Here as part of a
campaign by the union seeking higher wages and better working
conditions for food service workers at one of the world’s
busiest airports.

Jun 10, 2015

Los Angeles city council approves minimum wage hike

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council on
Wednesday gave final approval to an ordinance raising the
minimum wage in America’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by
2020 from the current $9.

The measure, which still must be signed into law by Mayor
Eric Garcetti, would require businesses with more than 25
employees to gradually increase wages to meet a $15 hourly pay
level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year
to comply with each step.

Jun 4, 2015

Environmentalists sue to protect fish amid California drought measures

LOS ANGELES, June 4 (Reuters) – California environmental
groups have sued state and federal water managers, claiming that
their drought-management plan for projects below the crucial
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta is pushing some species of
fish to the brink of extinction.

The lawsuit marks the latest salvo in the battle over water
in California as the state suffers through its fourth year of a
devastating drought that has prompted strict conservation
measures.

May 28, 2015

Man arrested in massive downtown Los Angeles arson case

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) – A 56-year-old man has been
arrested on arson charges in connection with a massive fire that
gutted a multi-story apartment complex under construction in
downtown Los Angeles and damaged three nearby buildings, police
said on Wednesday.

Dawud Abdulwali was taken into custody on Tuesday and booked
on arson charges, Officer Liliana Preciado of the Los Angeles
Police Department said.

May 22, 2015

California water officials approve voluntary cutbacks by growers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California water regulators on Friday approved a plan by some of the state’s most senior water rights holders to voluntary cut water use by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not face further curtailments during the growing season.

So-called riparian growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who participate in the program have agreed to either reduce water diversions by 25 percent or fallow one-quarter of their land, said Felicia Marcus, chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.

May 22, 2015

California water board approves voluntary cutback program by growers

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (Reuters) – California water regulators
on Friday said they had approved a plan by some of the state’s
most senior water rights holders to voluntary cut back water use
by 25 percent in exchange for assurances that they would not
face further cuts during the growing season.

So-called riparian growers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta who participate in the program have agreed to either
reduce water diversions by 25 percent or fallow one-quarter of
their land, the State Water Resources Control Board said.

May 20, 2015

California Medical Association drops opposition to doctor-assisted suicide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Medical Association on Wednesday dropped its three-decade opposition to physician-assisted suicide, possibly paving the way for already-introduced legislation that would make the practice legal for terminally ill patients in the state.

The CMA said its change to neutral on the issue marked the first by a state medical association. It comes amid renewed debate over doctor-assisted suicide following the death of brain cancer patient Brittany Maynard last fall.

May 20, 2015

Man tasered, arrested at Los Angeles International Airport

LOS ANGELES, May 20 (Reuters) – A man who was not
cooperating with Transportation Security Administration officers
in a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was tasered
and arrested on Wednesday, an airport police spokeswoman said.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment
following the incident, Sergeant Belinda Joseph of the Los
Angeles Airport Police said in a statement.

May 18, 2015

California lawyer tried to help maternity tourism witness flee: prosecutors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An immigration attorney accused of
agreeing to help a woman flee the country after she was
designated a material witness in an investigation into so-called
maternity hotels in Southern California has been arrested on
federal charges, prosecutors said on Monday.

Ken Zhiyi Liang, 38, was taken into custody on Friday after
accepting a $6,000 fee from the woman, a Chinese national who
was cooperating with federal agents, U.S. Attorneys spokesman
Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.

May 12, 2015

Suspects arrested in shooting near California college campus

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two young men were taken into custody in an attempted robbery and shooting at the apartment of two University of California students, less than a year after a violent rampage at the Santa Barbara campus, police said on Tuesday.

James Joshua Taylor, 22, was arrested after being subdued by residents of an apartment in the community of Isla Vista on Monday night shortly after the 7 p.m. incident, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.