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A person pulls a trash container past an apartment building in South Los Angeles, California, U.S. on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.
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City Council Expands Definition of Tenant Harassment Ahead of Ordinance Vote

The definition was expanded to include a wider range of harassment tactics. Under the draft ordinance, if harassment occurs, a tenant who prevails in court may be awarded compensation for damages, rent refunds for reduction in housing services, reasonable compensation for attorney's fees and more.
Travelers with face masks wait for public transportation services at the International Airport in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 1, 2021.
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Most COVID Restrictions Set to Vanish June 15, but not Everywhere

While the bulk of COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on June 15, Los Angeles County's public health director warned that rules requiring masking and physical distancing will remain in place in some settings.
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Amendment to Press Protection Bill Dropped After SoCal Journo Groups Oppose

Many believed the amendment was "a clear attempt to hobble this bill" and make journalists' jobs more difficult.
A man walks past tents housing the homeless on the streets in the Skid Row community of Los Angeles, California on April 26, 2021.
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Garcetti Signs $11 Billion Budget, with Nearly $1 Billion for Homeless Crisis

Council President Nury Martinez said that the budget "lays the groundwork for ongoing efforts to address" systemic inequities.
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Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Supports Statewide Public Banking Option

It would be the first statewide program in the U.S. to offer residents access to a no-fee, no-penalty bank account, including a debit card, automatic bill pay, direct deposit capacity and an infrastructure for the account holder to build credit.
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SoCal Journalism Groups Show Opposition to Amendment to Press Protection Bill

A pending state Senate bill intended to protect journalists was amended and now the journalists it was supposed to protect oppose it. Why?
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Newsom Announces $116.5 Million Incentive Program to Encourage COVID Shots

Everyone who has been vaccinated with at least one dose in the state by early June will be eligible to win money.
Three camping tents are lined up next to each other in front of a body of water with the Los Angeles skyline in the background.
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Echo Park Lake Reopens Following Cleanup and Homeless Relocation Controversy

Two months ago, the park was closed after the relocation of about 200 homeless people who had taken up residence there, and anger over their removal boiled over. Many Angelenos continue to be dissatisfied with the fate of the park's past residents.
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L.A. Council Approves Spending Millions Diverted from LAPD on Community Reinvestment

The Los Angeles City Council approved plans today for spending millions diverted from police to invest in programs to benefit communities of color and provide alternatives to traditional policing with an array of programs.
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Tributes Celebrate the Legacy of Philanthropist Eli Broad for Reshaping Los Angeles

Tributes were pouring in today for businessman, philanthropist and art collector Eli Broad, who died Friday at the age of 87.
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