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Coastal Commission tells Laguna Beach to loosen up on Airbnb

Jill Replogle
| The Coastal Commission has a mandate to preserve and expand access to the coast and it sees short-term rentals as a key, lower-cost lodging option for visitors.

How a drone helped LA firefighters battle the Skirball fire

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It's the first time the LAFD flew a drone over a wildfire to get a better look at hotspots. The department plans to use more drones in the future.

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San Diego firefighter killed in Thomas Fire

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Fire engineer Cory Iverson's death was reported Thursday. The fire is now a third contained, but hot, gusty winds continued to fan the flames, threatening Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

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LA steps up outreach to homeless camps in fire prone areas

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Officials in L.A. County are stepping up their outreach efforts to homeless encampments after learning the cause of the Skirball Fire.

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California will set more fires to try to stop wildfires

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The fires are prompting authorities to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes.

Wildfires prompt talks on tougher utility rules

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Under the proposed rules, utility companies would be required to implement changes that could diminish the risk of fire. For example, tree branches would have to be kept farther away from power lines.

Thomas Fire: Firefighters gain on blaze amid wind threat

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Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture have been extended, with a possible increase in gusts Thursday into Friday.

Bikes in trees? LA seeks to regulate dockless bicycles

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City transportation officials say private companies renting dockless bike rentals could benefit some neighborhoods but they have created problems elsewhere.

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New LA fees on developers earmarked for affordable housing

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The LA City voted Wednesday to asses the fee. Developers say it will slow housing construction and cause the price for existing units to rise.

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