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June 27 | LA Times

No surveys have been done to assess the scope of the problem, or where the worst spots lurk in the estimated 10,000 miles of sidewalks that crisscross the city. And the pot of available money may cover only a portion of the job.

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June 23 | LA Daily News

The exemption, which requires City Council approval, marks a rare carve-out in the city’s new wage rules. Several groups, including union groups and small businesses, also sought exemptions, but have had no success to date.

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June 24 | LA Daily News

LaBonge, 61, worked in various city jobs, including as a council aide for 15 years, as a field deputy, and as the chief of field operations for then- Mayor Richard Riordan. His 14-year career as city councilman began in 2001, when he ran successfully to fill the 4th District seat after Ferraro died. LaBonge has held the same job ever since, getting re-elected three more times.

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June 23 | KPCC

In her new role, she will lead the city authority that oversees Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports.

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June 23 | LA Times

Many observers expected the proposal by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, which mirrored an increase recently approved by the city of Los Angeles, to be adopted Tuesday. But the five-member board’s two Republicans, Don Knabe and Michael Antonovich, were joined by Supervisor Hilda Solis, a Democrat and former U.S. Secretary of Labor elected last year with heavy union support, in raising questions about how the increase would affect businesses.

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June 15 | LA Times

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said Monday that she intends to propose a minimum wage increase for county workers and businesses in unincorporated areas that mirrors the plan recently approved by the city of Los Angeles.

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June 13 | CNN Money

It's official: Los Angeles is now the largest city in America to guarantee workers at least $15 an hour. Mayor Eric Garcetti on Saturday signed into law a bill raising the minimum wage from $9 an hour to $15 over the next five years. The move was expected after city council had passed the legislation by a near unanimous vote.

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June 3 | LA Times

With the Wednesday action, which requires one more procedural vote by the City Council and the mayor’s signature, L.A. is slated to become the largest city in the nation mandating higher wages and joins Seattle, San Francisco and other municipalities that have adopted similar laws. The vote was 13 to 1, with Councilman Mitch Englander casting the sole vote in opposition and Councilman Bernard C. Parks absent.

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June 2 | LA Daily News

Under state law, property owners are on the hook for repairing sidewalks adjacent to their homes, but in 1974 the city exempted property owners from repairing sidewalks damaged by overgrown tree roots. The exception was made so the city could take advantage of federal funds for the repairs, but the money soon dried up, leaving the city still responsible but unable to continue fixing sidewalks, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana wrote in a report released last week.

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