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Mustached men of Los Angeles City Hall recognize Movember

Movember at City Hall

Monica Valencia of Councilman Ed Reyes' Office

Los Angeles City Councilmen Joe Buscaino and Paul Krekorian, surrounded by the men of their offices, present a city proclamation to Movember, a campaign to draw attention to prostate and testicular cancers.

The men of Los Angeles City Hall have joined thousands of other “Movember” participants to grow mustaches this month in an effort to draw awareness to prostate cancer.

Councilmen Paul Krekorian and Joe Busciano – who is working on growing out a Trucker mustache – honored Movember during Friday’s meeting of the City Council. In 2011, 854,000 “Mo Bros,” as they’re called, raised $126.3 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Livestrong Foundation and other awareness campaigns.

“While some of us are painful to look at, what is truly painful is allowing prostrate cancer to go unnoticed and unchecked,” Buscaino said. “Let this month and the facial hair you see today serve as a reminder to get screened for prostate and testicular cancer.”

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LA approves restrictions on skateboarders

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The Los Angeles City Council approved new regulations intended to stop skateboard "bombing."

Skateboarders will be prohibited from riding recklessly in the City of Los Angeles under an ordinance unanimously approved today. 

The proposal from Councilman Joe Buscaino is intended to stop skateboard “bombing,” which is the practice of riding down steep hills at high speeds. In the past year, two teenage boys in San Pedro died from injuries they sustained while bombing.

“Many times they reach speeds as high as 40 miles an hour," Buscaino said. "Oftentimes, they don't wear helmets or protective gear as they weave in and out of traffic.

“I'm not here to ban skateboarding. The last thing I want to do is bury another kid from reckless skateboarding.''

Under the ordinance, skateboarders must obey all traffic signs and speed limits. Riders must yield to motorists. Skateboarders are prohibited from crossing uncontrolled intersections at speeds greater than 10 mph.


Skateboard "bombing" ordinance moves to LA City Council

Skateboard phenom Jagger Eaton

A proposed city ordinance would require skateboards to follow the rules of the road, including speed limits and stop signs.

In an effort to curb reckless skateboarding, the Public Safety Committee today signed off on an ordinance that would require riders to follow the rules of the road.

The new rules, which woud no longer treat skateboards as pedestrians, would require riders to:

  • follow all traffic and speed limit signs
  • yield to vehicles
  • maintain a speed less than 10 mph when crossing an uncontrolled intersection

Violators could be subject to an infraction and fine.

The new regulations are backed by Councilman Joe Buscaino, who wants to prevent skateboard “bombing,” which is the act of traveling down steep hills in excess of 40 mph. Earlier this year, a 15-year-old boy was killed while "bombing" in San Pedro. A 14-year-old boy also died from injuries he suffered while skateboarding last November. 

The Public Safety Committee rejected an earlier draft of the ordinance that would have banned skateboards on city streets. 


Video: Buscaino joins LAFD at blaze in Watts

When there’s something aflame in the neighborhood? Who ya gonna call? Buscaino! 

A new clip posted to Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino’s YouTube channel today shows the elected hanging out with Fire Station 65 in Watts when the crew responds to a fire in an alleyway.

Buscaino, who was a full-time Los Angeles police officer until he was elected earlier this year, narrates the shaky footage, which shows firefighters extinguishing the blaze in the 9500 block of Croesus. The video was shot Tuesday night during the councilman’s monthly meet-and-greet with firefighters in the Fifteenth District, according to his office.

“We were just sitting when a firefighter just spotted this from the firehouse and these guys ran straight to the fire truck – they didn’t even wait for the call, to get generated” Buscaino says on the video.