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Huntington Beach council candidate Tim Ryan appears in court on drunk driving charges

Tim Ryan is running for Huntington Beach City Council

A Huntington Beach City Council candidate is appearing in court today on charges of misdemeanor drunk driving.

Tim Ryan, a member of the city’s planning commission who is currently making a bid for city council, was arrested on Jan. 28 by local police for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level above .08 percent, the Huntington Beach Independent reports.

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office claims it was more like 2.0 percent.

Ryan, a consumer protection lawyer, referred all questions about the case to his attorney. He pleaded not guilty to all charges earlier this month, according to the Independent.

Ryan is said to be making a strong bid for the council, and around the time of his arrest he had raised more money -- nearly $30,000 -- than any other candidate including the incumbent, the Independent reports in a separate story.


City council prepares to announce Jackie Robinson Day in LA

Jackie Robinson

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From left are Brooklyn Dodgers' John Jorgensen, Pee Wee Reese, Ed Stanky and Jackie Robinson, in an April 15, 1947 file photo.

A resolution declaring today Jackie Robinson Day in Los Angeles is expected to be approved during a morning meeting of the Los Angeles City Council.

If passed, the announcement will come four days before the 65th anniversary of Robinson breaking baseball's racial barrier.

On April 15, 1947, Robinson -- who was raised in Pasadena and attended Muir High School -- made his major league debut.

He went hitless in four at-bats, but scored to be what ended up being the winning run in the Brooklyn Dodgers' 5-3 victory over the Boston Braves. 25,623 people at Ebbets Field witnessed history.

Robinson played his entire major league career with Brooklyn, helping lead the Dodgers to six National League championships during his 10 seasons, and, in 1955, their only World Series championship. 

Robinson's integration into Major League Baseball is credited with helping change Americans' attitudes toward African-Americans and being a catalyst for later civil rights advances.


Super size signs causing indigestion and bites in Glendale

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Glendale is cracking down on oversized fast food signs.

Glendale is looking to chop down super size signage from the streets of the Jewel City. Recent outspoken arbiters of taste and beauty, the Glendale City Council is targeting large pole signs often associated with fast food chains. 

A council member, perhaps suffering from acid reflux-induced insensibility, took a verbal bite at East L.A. as officials were directed to find codes that will force companies to remove offending beacons, reports the Glendale News Press

"It’s a matter of aesthetics," said Councilman Ara Najarian. "These signs are something you see in East L.A." Under the first phase of the effort, Glendale would give businesses two years to comply with city size restrictions due to the protracted recession and high costs involved.

The signs — most of which are on West Glenoaks and Verdugo boulevards and Honolulu, La Crescenta and North Pacific avenues — are too big, according to city code. Some reach as high as 25 feet, with surface areas of up to 200 square feet, far larger than the 6- to 8-foot height limits. The city also restricts surface areas to between 40 and 75 square feet.


Redistricting map of Los Angeles proposes a puzzling picture of a possible future

proposed redistricting map of los angeles

The city's Redistricting Commission has puzzled out a new political picture of Los Angeles that proposes pushing the boundary lines for 15 City Council seats.

Proposed redistricting maps released Wednesday by the 21-member commission show a possible future that would include major shifts across the region, reports the L.A. Times.

Click here to view all of the proposed redistricting maps.

Reactions are varied,spanning from confusion to accusation. Councilman Tom LaBonge calls the boundary changes "very odd" and Councilman Bill Rosendahl calls the proposal an "outrageous case of gerrymandering" against his district. Councilwoman Jan Perry told NBC L.A., "Not only did they draw me out of my own district, they took me out of Little Tokyo, the Historic Core and all of Skid Row." 

If approved, some of the proposed changes would include: taking part of Westchester out of Councilman Rosendahl’s district; Councilman LaBonge taking on the Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Encino and Lake Balboa neighborhoods, while shedding Miracle Mile, Hancock Park and Larchmont Village; Councilwoman Jan Perry's district shifting south resulting in a loss of much of downtown but keeping Staples Center and L.A. Live; Councilman Jose Huizar scooping up much of downtown; Councilman Bernard C. Parks keeping Baldwin Hills, acquiring the portion of Westchester lost by Rosendahl and losing the residential portion of Leimert Park; and Councilman Paul Koretz would see his district pushed entirely out of the Valley.