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LA Times Buyouts

Big changes loom over the L-A Times this week. Wednesday will be the final day at work for many of the paper?s veteran journalists, who?ve been bought out of their contracts.

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City Hall Backpedaling on LA's Mobility Plan

City Hall's all-in for reshaping LA's car-centric lifestyle, but a lawsuit filed by a Westside anti-development group has the Council backpedaling on it Mobility Plan 2035.

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Can Online Programming Save Hollywood?

California's $330 million tax incentive program for film and TV productions seems to be paying off. Recent numbers show that shooting days here in LA are up more than 50 percent compared to last year. 

A New Hurdle for High-Speed Rail: the San Gabriels

If you've ever taken the drive from LA to San Francisco you know it's no short trip, and with the cost of airfare unpredictable, California voted in 2008 to build a bullet train connecting the two cities. But it hasn't been a smooth ride thus far for the nation's most expensive public works project, ever.

CicLAvia Cleaning Los Angeles

The party of two-wheeled pedal riders proved to be a success again for this weekend?s Ciclavia. Tens of thousands showed up for Sunday?s event, which closes streets in one stretch of town to cars and trucks, but encourages foot and bicycle traffic. The event celebrated five years, just as a study is released today showing how good Ciclavia is for the air around those neighborhoods. Even so, transit ridership is falling.

American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Not so long ago, American Apparel was the arbiter of trendy, American-assembled fashion. But the clothing manufacturer known for being "made in Downtown Los Angeles" has announced it's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Garcetti's Big Issues

Troubling issues on Mayor Garcetti's plate are really testing his ability to govern the city. 

Clifford Clinton, Anti-corruption Crusader

The long-awaited opening of Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown LA's Historic Core, is coming on Tuesday. The place has been under redevelopment for several years. 

Turmoil at the Times

The fallout continues from last week's dismissal of Austin Beutner as publisher of the Los Angeles Times.

Undoing Pension Plan Cuts

Just when you thought public employee pensions in LA were getting scaled back to allow the city to get a better financial handle on them, comes word that the scaling-back won?t be happening -- at least for now. 

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