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October 20 | LA Daily News

Nearly half of Los Angeles’ streets have speed limits based on outdated speed surveys, which has prevented Los Angeles police officers from using radar and laser devices to enforce rules against speeding. But that may change soon, city officials say. Speed limits have expired on about 47 percent, or 596 miles, of streets, rendering those limits unenforceable in most cases, according to LAPD and Los Angeles Department of Transportation officials. “If a city like Los Angeles has unenforceable speed limits, that’s a recipe for disaster,” said LAPD Officer Troy Williams of the Valley Traffic Division.

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October 19 | Hollywood Reporter

With Thursday's deadline, Los Angeles joins dozens of other cities trying to woo Amazon's new $5 billion headquarters to their municipality, which could result in as many as 50,000 new jobs. But most observers feel L.A. is a long shot.

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October 17 | SoCal Patch

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission opted Tuesday to bring in an outside hearing officer to oversee its case against Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Refugio "Ref" Rodriguez and his cousin.

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October 16 | KPCC

The Los Angeles Unified School District's student enrollment numbers have decreased again, and a new headcount shows this year's drop was slightly bigger than district officials had anticipated. Instead of losing around 10,000 students — as originally forecast — L.A. Unified's final enrollment count was down by 13,000 students compared to last year, the district's chief financial officer Scott Price said. In the short term, district officials project the discrepancy will cost L.A. Unified an additional $17 million in revenues generated by student attendance — yet another hit to the district's $7.5 billion operating budget.

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October 12 | LA Times

There are many paths to the presidency, most of them a standard climb from one elected office to the next.

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October 10 | NBC LA

A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to revisit one of Mayor Eric Garcetti's top priorities today -- requiring real estate developers to help fund the construction of affordable housing through a "linkage fee." The Planning and Land Use Management -- PLUM -- Committee last discussed the issue in August, where it made a number of changes to a draft ordinance that would create the fee, including the addition of a tiered fee structure depending on the market rate of the neighborhood.

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October 10 | L.A. Times

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clear from the outset of his appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that he would not be offering definitive pronouncements on his future.

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October 8 | Salon

The Zero Waste International Alliance defines its goal as “ethical, economical, efficient and visionary," and also as a way to "guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.”

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October 6 | LA Weekly

It was a big week for immigrants' rights in California. Saying the Legislature's sanctuary state proposal "ensures hard-working people who contribute to our state are respected," Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed it into law. It was hailed by pro-immigrant groups such as CHIRLA (the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights), whose spokesman, Jorge Mario-Cabrera, said via email that it's "a firewall against ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] and the hateful Trump rhetoric." But the signing casts a shadow over Los Angeles City Hall, which has long prided itself on being a bastion of pro-immigrant and progressive values.

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