Transit giveth, and transit taketh away. Metro's 305 bus line, a vital route servicing Willowbrook to Westwood, faces elimination in the not-so-distant glow of the Expo light rail.
The 305 route tacks across 20 miles of Los Angeles providing direct access to Westside jobs for residents of financial struggling communities in South Los Angeles. Cutting this, and other lines, would mean no more point A to point B commuting, but instead, transfers that will cost more money and time.
"County transportation officials have been trying to eliminate or reduce service on the 305 and other bus lines for more than a year. They have already tackled some lines and last week approved a report that could clear a federal government hurdle allowing them to institute further cuts," reports the L.A. Times.
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Joanna Ramos, the Long Beach fifth-grader who died just hours after she was involved in a fight with a classmate.
The two girls had planned their after-school fight. When the time came, a few shoves and punches were exchanged, and it was over within a minute. But hours later one of them was dead. And now, Joanna Ramos' death has been declared a homicide by the L.A. County coroner.
The coroner's office was investigating how Joanna could leave the alley near her Long Beach elementary school with a bloody nose and end up dying in an intensive care unit. The circumstances behind it left family, friends and authorities confused and seeking answers.
"I can't say they never happen but I think everyone was completely caught off-guard by this event." Long Beach police spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said Sunday. Previous reports had put Ramos' age at 11, but the coroner's office said she was 10 when she died.
Police, who have interviewed the other girl involved in the fight, were investigating and said over the weekend that no arrests were immediately planned.
Once in awhile, downtown L.A. sees rain.
Surprised? A winter-like storm was blowing into L.A. County on Monday, bringing a chance of hail and thunderstorms, said the National Weather Service.
Showers may develop later in the day, with the possibility of hail in the afternoon.
Motorists should beware winter weather conditions in the mountains, especially along the I-5 through the Grapevine.
Warmer weather was initially expected to return Tuesday but — surprise again — the chill will persist and highs in L.A. will be only in the 50s.
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The "number of officers firing weapons" is likely to be the focus of an LAPD investigation, says the L.A. Times, after it was revealed that 11 officers fired more than 60 shots at an armed carjacking suspect who led police on a slow-speed chase on Thursday.
The fatal shooting occurred at a Koreatown gas station on Thursday when police fired at the suspect after he "pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith on Friday.
Video footage of the shooting shows officers opening fire as gas station owner, Harry Hahn, who was outside when the suspect pulled up, ducks for cover, reports NBC LA.
An investigation into the use of force will be supplemented by investigations by the district attorney's officer shooting team, and the Police Commission's inspector general into the number of units that responded to the chase and issues of public safety.
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More than 100 local law enforcement officers had their private information pilfered and published on a public website prompting a response from the FBI.
An unnamed group, that claims to have found, and reported, objectionable photos of children in an officer's private e-mail account, anonymously posted hacked police data to a website.
The swiped info -- including names, addresses and phone numbers from the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association website -- was linked to from a public Twitter account in a breach that was first reported by CNET on Tuesday.
The association, whose members include officials from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was contacted that morning by the FBI, according to LACPCA president Tony Vario.
Vario told the L.A. Times he was "appalled" that the website was compromised and claimed they will "pursue it [a case] on every level, state or federal."