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Homicides were down in Los Angeles last year, but Violent Crimes Continued to Increased

According to officials, homicides were down six percent and gun violence was down 11 percent in Los Angeles last year compared to 2016. There were 271 homicides through Dec. 16, compared with the 289 homicides in 2016. Unfortunately, the number of violent crimes was up for the fourth year in a row, driven by a six percent increase in robberies and a five percent increase in aggravated assaults. In a written statement, Mayor Eric Garcetti stated, This past year marked an important moment in our drive to end gun violence as we reduced the number of homicides and shooting...

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Los Angeles’s New Recycling Program has many Complaints

According to data compiled by the Bureau of Sanitation and provided to the Los Angeles Times, RecycLA has been seeing significant month-to-month increases in garbage pickup complaints. RecycLA, the city’s new recycling program, has seen 28,000 reports filed of missed collections since July by commercial trash customers. The program gives seven companies the exclusive right to pick up trash and recycling at about 70,000 businesses, large apartment buildings and condominium complexes. The program was meant to boost recycling, take high-polluting trash trucks off the road, and improve conditions of refuse workers. Landlord Larry Rubenstein, who owns eight apartment buildings...

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Are Troubled Nursing Homes being Investigated Effectively?

According to an investigation by the Sacramento Bee regarding troubled nursing homes, patients in a troubled nursing home that is closing are often taken to another troubled nursing home that may be worse than the one closing. According to a Sacramento Bee analysis of federal data, Genesis HealthCare Inc., one of the nation’s largest nursing home chains, has a string of nursing homes in California that tend to have more serious problems and worse federal ratings than other skilled nursing facilities in the state. According to documents from the California Department of Public Health, a March inspection of one...

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L.A. Metro System Trying new Approach to get Homeless off of Trains

The L.A. Metro system has been having issues with homeless people using trains as shelter, and it is trying a new approach to deal with the issue. The program is currently in its pilot phase and it consists of an outreach group that has been riding the Metro Red Line five days a week talking with every homeless person they see. The program has been going on since May, with the outreach group consisting of formerly homeless individuals, social workers, mental health specialists, and a nurse. Since October, the group has made contact with about 1,400 homeless people. Karen...

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L.A. City Council Approved Development Fee for Affordable Housing

Last month, the Los Angeles City Council approved a new fee on development to raise money for affordable housing. Mayor Eric Garcetti has long pushed for the linkage fee because he believes it would provide a permanent revenue stream to build housing for low-income residents. The fee takes into account both the type of project being built and its location, which officials estimate will raise about $100 million annually when it goes into effect in 2019. After the fee was approved, Eric Garcetti stated, Today we see hope in the promise that Los Angeles can continue to grow and...

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