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Today is Friday, Oct. 5, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
Residents in South Los Angeles were promised a parade to welcome the Space Shuttle Endeavour, but it turns out sidewalks will be closed and access to the shuttle route limited, according to the Los Angeles Times. This comes after hundreds of trees were chopped down to make way for the space shuttle. "They have no respect for the neighborhood they are going through," said James Fugate, co-owner of Esowon Bookstore.
Meanwhile, Toyota is preparing to film one of its pickup trucks hauling the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Manchester Boulevard, per the LA Times.
The Daily News looks at realignment's impact on local cities. "I understand there's some local law enforcement concerns about rising crime rates but, at this point, it's all anecdotal. I don't have any numbers from any law enforcement agency saying these numbers are going up," according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Corrections.
The Los Angeles Police Department will no long hold illegal immigrants on deportation holds for minor crimes, reports KPCC. A year ago, Chief Charlie Beck told the station, "Because whether people agree with it or not, a large portion of L.A.'s population are immigrants, and many of them are undocumented. So it tends to cause a divide there where there’s a lack of trust, a lack of reporting, a lack of cooperation with police."
Where to Find the Politicians
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will sign the business tax holiday extension at 8:45 a.m. with Councilmen Eric Garcetti, Richard Alarcon and Paul Koretz.
10 a.m. Los Angeles City Council, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber
- Review of audit on DWP's card purchasing program
- Recommendation to allow General Services officers to remain in civilian LACERS pension program
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