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January 13 | KTLA

Two members of the Los Angeles City Council called Friday for legal action against an array of petroleum companies, saying fossil fuel emissions have contributed to natural disasters and “abnormally intense weather patterns” that are proving costly for taxpayers. The push for financial reimbursement comes as Southern California communities continue to deal with the aftermath of an especially intense wildfire season and, in recent days, devastating mudslides caused by a recent storm.

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January 11 | Los Angeles Patch

Actor Ed Begley Jr. was honored Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council for his longtime commitment to environmental causes. Begley, who has appeared in dozens of television shows and films, including "St. Elsewhere," "Best in Show" and "A Mighty Wind," was introduced by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who declared it "Ed Begley Jr. Day" in Los Angeles.

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January 9 | Daily Bruin

A proposed underground transportation system may give students a new way to get around Los Angeles. The Boring Company, founded by Elon Musk, the entrepreneur behind Tesla and SpaceX, is planning to build a tunnel system to transport cars and passengers on electric skates at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour.

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January 8 | WKYC

The city of Los Angeles filed three lawsuits against some of the busiest port trucking companies in the country Monday, demanding they stop systematically exploiting their workers in the wake of reports by the USA TODAY Network. "This abuse, this disgraceful exploitation has to stop,” City Attorney Mike Feuer said at a news conference Monday, citing the Network’s “scathing” coverage of the industry.

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January 8 | ABC 7

At 1136 Sixth St., just west of the heart of downtown Los Angeles stands The Mint, a nearly 100-year-old medical building that has been repurposed into luxury apartments. Despite its age it is very likely one of the safest buildings in downtown after a full seismic retrofit in 2016.

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January 7 | L.A. Times

L.A.’s commercial-trash customers have filed more than 28,000 reports of missed collections since July, the latest sign of a turbulent roll-out for the city’s new recycling program. The numbers, compiled by the Bureau of Sanitation and provided to The Times, show that RecycLA has been seeing significant month-to-month increases in garbage pickup complaints.

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January 5 | NBC LA

Some Southern California residents are not impressed with Attorney General Jeff Session’s threat to end the policy that let legal marijuana flourish just days after sales began in California. Sessions announced on Thursday that he intends to vanquish an Obama-era policy that shields state-legalized marijuana from federal prosecution.

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January 4 | Curbed LA

It’s no secret that Los Angeles’s sidewalks are in poor shape. They’re so bad that, in 2015, in order to settle a lawsuit, Los Angeles agreed to spend $1.4 billion repairing thousands of miles of cracked and broken walkways over the next 30 years.

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January 3 | L.A. Times

L.A.'s new recycling program has some laudable goals, but the execution doesn't look so hot in the underground parking lot of a condo building on Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys.

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