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Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times, more parking enforcement officers

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A Los Angeles Times review of 911 dispatches found there is too much time between when a call is answered and when emergency units are sent to the scene.

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Today is Friday, May 18, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times has found the Los Angeles Fire Department takes longer than the national standard to dispatch firefighters to emergencies. Last year, it took an average of 1 minute and 45 seconds from the time a 911 call was answered to the time an emergency unit was sent to the scene. First responders should be notified within one minute of the call at least 90 percent of the time, according to the Times.

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation could have 50 additional part-time officers next year to issue parking tickets, according to the Daily News. That's in addition to a plan to increase all parking fines by at least $5, starting July 1.