L.A. Olympics Could Lose over Council-Mayor Fight

Now that Boston has withdrawn from bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the moribund offer from Los Angeles has been revivified, but the Los Angeles City Council’s demand that it have power to veto any taxpayer guarantee for financial losses may sink the city’s bid.

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Los Angeles: Violent Crime Up 12% in 2015

In April, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti boasted in his State of the City speech, “As long as I’m your mayor, I won’t duck bad news. I’m going to own it.” Garcetti may not want to own the newest data that shows that the overall crime rate in his city for the first half of 2015 spiked higher than any time in over ten years.

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L.A. Homeless Numbers Climb 12%

LOS ANGELES — According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s biennial report, the homeless population of the city and county of Los Angeles climbed 12% in the last two years as tents, makeshift dwellings and cars used by the homeless skyrocketed by 85%.

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L.A. to Use Waze to Make Traffic More Efficient

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke of the partnership between the city and the Waze traffic-avoidance app, which functions by allowing drivers to share information regarding traffic and the conditions of streets on which they travel. Last week, Garcetti announced the partnership in his State of the City address, and on Tuesday he added that the 1.3 million Waze users in Los Angeles will receive alerts about hit-and-runs and abducted children, as well as information involving construction, film shoots, and road closures, according to the Los Angeles Times. In return, the city will glean data from drivers in real-time regarding traffic patterns and roadway conditions.

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