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October 4 | CBS LA

Would a city-owned public bank address some of Los Angeles’ pressing issues — such as affordable housing, small business growth and financing for municipal projects — while also freeing the city from the influence of private banks who put shareholder interests over those of the public good? That’s what L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson believes. In July, Wesson issued a challenge to the council to create the nation’s first ever city-owned bank.

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September 29 | LA Daily News

Business and property owners who could be uprooted by a mass transit project planned in the eastern San Fernando Valley are organizing in an effort to stay put. The 9.2-mile East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor project would connect the Metro Orange Line in Van Nuys to the Sylmar/San Fernando Metrolink Station through busy Van Nuys Boulevard, which has the second-highest transit boardings in the Valley following the Metro Orange Line. There are two alternatives for a bus rapid transit service and two for a light rail service, along with other federal- and state-required alternatives.

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September 27 | The Intercept

The district attorney of Los Angeles County filed criminal charges this month against Ref Rodriguez, the school board president of the nation's second-largest public school district. Accused of laundering money into his 2015 political campaign with the help of his cousin, Rodriguez faces three felony charges and 25 misdemeanors.

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September 27 | Next City

If you're a transit operator with a new system, ridership numbers — which are hardly an exact science and can make or break your budget — are probably going to be among your biggest concerns. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a solution to this anxiety-producing dilemma: helping to build housing along its bus and transit lines.

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September 26 | Daily Breeze

The long-awaited update for San Pedro's community plan calls for greener and cleaner industry, taller commercial buildings in downtown near the waterfront and an expanded Vinegar Hill historic residential district. The Los Angeles City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee approved the revised plan Tuesday, and the ordinance is expected to be adopted by the full council by the end of this year.

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September 26 | LA Times

Los Angeles pension board voted Tuesday to scale back its long-range investment projections, creating yet another budget problem for the city's elected officials. The City Employees' Retirement System board, which oversees pension benefits for thousands of city workers, voted unanimously to cut its assumed rate of return — the yearly earnings expected from the agency's investment portfolio — to 7.25%, down from 7.5%.

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September 26 | Curbed LA

A Hepatitis A outbreak might finally prompt city officials to provide more public restrooms for homeless people. The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin introduced a motion today that asks the council to fund "emergency portable toilets" after Los Angeles County public health officials declared the outbreak last week. (In San Diego County, an "unprecedented" outbreak of the the disease has killed 16 people and hospitalized nearly 300 others since November.)

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September 25 | NBC Los Angeles

A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a draft of new regulations for the cannabis industry Monday amid concerns -- which Council President Herb Wesson pledged to address -- that the proposed rules could drive suppliers out of business.

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Sept. 22 | L.A. Daily News

Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking presidential to some Angelenos. A majority of local area residents polled earlier this summer said they are just fine with the Los Angeles mayor running for president, according to results released Friday by Loyola Marymount University.

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