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July 25 | LA Times

Los Angeles should explore whether to create a municipal bank that would finance affordable housing and throw its doors open to the cannabis industry, City Council President Herb Wesson said Tuesday. Wesson tossed out the idea as part of a sweeping speech that set out his agenda for his final term. In addition to the bank, Wesson said L.A. must take new and innovative steps to battle racism, protect immigrants and build more affordable housing.

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July 16 | LA Daily News

Each day as he pedals his bike to work, Robert Cable whirs along the Orange Line bike path — past syringes. Broken glass. Garbage. Homeless encampments. Even human waste. His commute and recreational rides can grow especially ominous in Van Nuys, he said, where he has seen wobbling drunks and knife fights on the ribbon of asphalt ahead.

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July 14 | LA Daily News

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined forces Friday with more than 50 companies for a training session aimed at spurring veteran hiring. The event at City Hall, which is the first in a planned series as part of Garcetti’s 10,000 Strong veterans hiring initiative, also helped promote the federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit granting tax relief to employers that hire and retain workers from target groups with “significant barriers to employment.”

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July 13 | HR Dive

Los Angeles city officials are taking concerted efforts to increase the number of women hired for government IT positions, Government Technology magazine reports.

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July 13 | L.A. Times

Los Angeles’ police union has thrown its support behind a national push for federal funding and other resources to help officers better prepare for interactions with people who are mentally ill.

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July 11 | NPR

The International Olympic Committee decided Tuesday that Paris and Los Angeles can work out a deal to be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games. The committee's members voted unanimously that it can award both Olympics at its next meeting in September and that a three-way deal can be brokered among the two cities and the IOC.

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July 11 | LA Times

Rep.-elect Jimmy Gomez talks a lot about things being temporary. He’s being sworn in Tuesday, seven months after most of his colleagues came to Washington, and that means a lot of decisions have already been made for this Congress.

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July 10 | LA Times

The explosion at a Northridge power plant that left 140,000 customers across the San Fernando Valley without electricity last weekend was a major blow to Los Angeles’ power grid. It marked the first time in 12 years a Department of Water and Power receiving station was knocked offline. And it left a large swath of the Valley without power, in some cases for 12 hours, during one of the hottest days of the year.

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July 9 | LA Daily News

Soccer fields, picnic areas and hiking paths could be coming to disadvantaged communities along the 51-mile Los Angeles River, thanks in part to $100 million in bond money earmarked for river projects in the recently approved state budget.

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