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Today is Thursday, April 25, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:
The widening of the San Diego (405) Freeway will take a year longer than expected and cost an extra $100 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. "The performance of contractors has left a lot to be desired. … They've shown a complete lack of sensitivity and empathy for the community in which they're doing the work," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Fire Chief Brian Cummings is moving ahead with a plan to add ambulances at 11 stations throughout the city, reports the Daily News. The president of the firefighters' union calls the plan "reckless" because it will move firefighters to other duties.
The United Farm Workers of America endorsed Wendy Greuel for mayor. Eric Garcetti released his first TV commercial since the March primary.
The Los Angeles Times endorsed Ron Galperin for city controller.
In just a week, Metro will announce whether the Crenshaw Line will include a stop in Leimert Park, reports Curbed LA. "Metro has a definite stop planned a half-mile north at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King Boulevard and has agreed to build the LPV stop if a contractor can squeeze it in the project's $1.7-billion budget," according to the website.
LAObserved posts the video of that guy with the really tall bike at Ciclavia.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be in Washington, DC for the Planned Parenthood National Gala.
8:30 a.m. Planning Commission, Van Nuys City Hall, Council Chamber
- Report on il Villaggio Toscano project in Sherman Oaks
9 a.m. Board of Fire Commissioners, City Hall East, room 1820
- Report on staffing and the use of ambulances
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