Neighbors of Santa Monica Airport have complained about noise from the aircraft taking off and landing, and they post signs asking pilots to fly quietly.
On Tuesday, Santa Monica voters are choosing new city council members and playing a role in the elections of a new county supervisor and U.S. Representative. But one of the most contentious and expensive ballot battles in the city may decide the future of the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
Pilots and jet owners, like actor Harrison Ford, love the Santa Monica Airport. They see it as an economic engine and an important and convenient place to land and store a private plane. But many residents of the neighborhoods around it hate the noise and jet fumes it generates.
It's a debate that's continued for years, and it’s fair to say that the seven member Santa Monica City Council has sided more recently with the angry residents, who either want to shut the airport down, or at least cut back the traffic from larger jets. Earlier this year, the council voted unanimously to continue pursuing control of the airport land and begin looking at options for closing it after July of next year.
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The City of Ontario has filed a legal claim to gain control over the L.A./Ontario International Airport. (L.A./ Ontario International Airport. Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Superior Court judge could rule Friday on whether decades-old agreements that give the city of Los Angeles control over Ontario International Airport (ONT) should be thrown out or fixed.
The city of Ontario has sought to regain ownership of the Inland Empire airport for years. Last year, it took that quest to court. Its lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles says a 1967 Joint Powers Agreement and a 1985 deed transfer that gave L.A. ownership of ONT should be rescinded, or at least revised to include an end date.
Passenger traffic at Ontario Airport fell 40 percent, from 7.2 million passengers in 2007 to nearly 4 million in 2012. Ontario officials are quick to point out that it wasn't just due to the recession. They accuse Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the agency that oversees Ontario and LAX, of mismanagement and neglect.
Chris Walsh serves a famous pastrami sandwich to Julia Batavia and Alison Govelitz at Greenblatt's in Hollywood. The proposed minimum wage increase in Los Angeles would adversely affect the business, considering the deli is open until 2 a.m. every day and the food takes a lot of time to prepare, owner Jeff Kavin said.
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Greenblatt’s Deli-Restaurant and Fine Wine Shop has been serving up pastrami on rye on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood since Calvin Coolidge was President.
“Just about anyone you can imagine has wandered in to Greenblatt’s,” owner Jeff Kavin said. “You turn around and there’s Paul McCartney buying a sandwich.”
Its website boasts a quote from the San Francisco Weekly saying it served "The Best Sandwich on Earth." Three generations of Kavin's family have run the restaurant. He said in all that time, Greenblatt’s survival has never been as threatened as it now.
On Labor Day, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for Los Angeles’ minimum wage to jump to $13.25 per hour by 2017. About a month later, a group of city council members upped the ante, calling for a $15.25 increase by 2019.
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Two massive incidents involving Target and LivingSocial put the personal information of more than 7.5 million California residents at risk last year.
The number of reported data breaches in California shot up by 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, according to a report released Tuesday by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
It found that the records of 18.5 million Californians were affected by breaches last year. That's a 600 percent increase from the year before, though the numbers are skewed by two massive incidents involving Target and LivingSocial, which put the personal information of more than 7.5 million California residents at risk. Without those breaches, the number of records affected would have been 3.5 million, a more modest 35 percent increase over 2012.
This is the second year Harris has released information about data breaches, after a 2012 amendment required companies to report to her office any breach involving more than 500 Californians.
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A newly released study by the UCLA Center for Civil Society shows charitable giving in Los Angeles County is 12 percent lower than it was before the recession.
The economy may be in recovery, but Angelenos still aren’t giving as much to charity as they were before the Great Recession, according to a report released Tuesday by the UCLA Center for Civil Society. Researchers found that many of those still making donations come from the least wealthy areas of Los Angeles County.
Since 2002, the Center has studied the non-profit sector in Los Angeles for an annual report. In 2006, the year before the recession, Los Angeles County residents reported deducting $6.94 billion for charitable contributions. By 2008, that amount had fallen by more than a $1 billion. There has been some rebound, but the study says in 2012 - the most recent year the tax records were available - charitable giving was 12 percent lower than it was before the recession.
"There's still lagging giving among the middle class and among the wealthy, which has seen large gains in incomes and assets.," says Center director Bill Parent. "We haven't seen a similar rise in contributions to charity."