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  Living In Los Angeles Los Angeles News News for area los angeles. Los Angeles new.>>L.A. Looking For Ways To Trim City Budget(Los Angeles, CA) -- The City of Los Angeles is looking for ways to pare down its 200 million-dollar budget gap. A report obtained by the Los Angeles Times is suggesting deep cuts inspending on neighborhood councils, arts programs and initiatives aimed at reducing ethnictensions. Other suggested cuts would trim the city attorney's staff and the city's libraries. Thereport by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana does not suggest any cuts in the mayor's staff or the city council. A formal proposal by Santana for dealing with the city's budget shortfall isexpected by Friday, according to the Times. >>Two LAPD Cops Arrested In Whittier(Los Angeles, CA) -- Two off-duty LAPD officers are out on bail after they were arrested by theWhittier Police Department for assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday night. Officer MikeDekowski with the Whittier Police Department says it happened at about 8 p.m. at a restaurant inthe 15-thousand, 600 block of Whittwood Lane where one of the suspects was arguing with hisgirlfriend. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and used it to beat the victim. LAPDOfficers Brandon Valdez and Patrick Fitzgerald were arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. The victim was hospitalized suffering from serious head injuries as a result of the assault.>>Crews Cleanup Oil Spill In Huntington Beach Channel(Huntington Beach, CA) -- Orange County public works crews are mopping up a 672-gallon oilspill in the Huntington Beach Channel. The Los Angeles Times reports the oil did not reach thewetlands or the Pacific Ocean from its point of srcin. The oil did travel about one-point-eight milesdownstream. Crews are using vacuum trucks, power washers and absorbant material to removethe oil and have so far recovered about an eighth of the oil that spilled. The source of the oil spillthat occurred last week has not been determined. It is expected to about three weeks to finish thecleanup.>>Attorney Files Motion For New Hollywood Trial(Santa Barbara, CA) -- The attorney for convicted murderer Jesse James Hollywood filed amotion Tuesday in Superior Court seeking a new trial for his client. The Daily Sound reportsdefense attorney James Blatt charges that media coverage surrounding the trial and a major motionpicture about the case made it impossible for his client to receive a fair trial in Santa BarbaraCounty. Hollywood was convicted in July of kidnapping and ordering the execution of then 15-yea--old Nicholas Markowitz in 2000, fueled by a drug debt owed to Hollywood by Nicholas' olderbrother. Although prosecutors sought the death penalty for Hollywood, the jury opted for asentence of life in prison without parole.>>Authorities Arrest 50 Alleged Riverside Gangsters  (Riverside, CA) -- Federal and local authorities in Riverside arrested 50 alleged gang membersWednesday in an operation aimed at taking down the leadership of two rival gangs. OperationPromise targeted the Eastside Riva and 1200 Block Crips, for methamphetamine dealing and hatecrimes. The east side Riva gang pays rent to the Mexican Mafia in order to deal drugs on theirturf, according to the Press Enterprise.   Authorities also seized 28 guns and two petrattlesnakes. >>Historian, Activist, Writer Howard Zinn Dead(Boston, MA) -- Historian, author, civil rights and political activist Howard Zinn died Wednesdayafter suffering a heart attack while traveling in Santa Monica. Zinn is best known for A People'sHistory of the United States, a book that inspired millions to both rethink and rebuke how textbookshave described the history of America. Zinn was a bombardier in the World War Two. Years laterhe would become a staunch anti-war activist. Zinn's named was cemented into popular culturewhen actor Matt Damon's character mentioned A People's History in the 1997 movie Good WillHunting.  Howard Zinn was 87.>>L.A. City Council Eyes Cigarette Sales Ban Near Schools(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Los Angeles City Council is asking the city attorney to draft a ban oncigarette sales near schools. Councilman Bernard Parks says the sale of cigarettes to minors is abig concern and needs to be stopped. He said cigarette sales during school hours need to be betterregulated. He also said the city is conducting undercover operations to find retailers that illegallysell cigarettes to underage minors.>>LAUSD Fires Teacher Suspended With Pay For Seven Years(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Los Angeles Unified School District has fired a teacher who wassuspended with pay seven years ago. Matthew Kim, a former special education instructor, wasremoved from Grant High School in Van Nuys in 2002 after he was accused of touching co-workers'breasts and making inappropriate comments to students. Kim has received his full salary sincethen as his legal battle with the district has worked its way through various hearings and motions. Earlier this month, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ordered the state commission tooverturn its decision and allow the district to fire Kim. Now the paychecks will stop but Kim stillhas another appeal pending.>>Two Off Duty LAPD Cops Arrested For Alleged Assault(Los Angeles, CA) -- Two off-duty LAPD officers were arrested for allegedly assaulting a man inWhittier Tuesday night. Authorities say the incident occurred outside the Panera restaurant in the15-thousand-600-block of Whittwood Lane about 8 p.m. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the twoofficers were arrested by Whittier Police for assault with a deadly weapon. Beck said he takes thematter very seriously. He said they will rigorously investigate the incident and cooperate 100-percent with the Whittier Police Department to resolve the criminal issues. Beck also said theofficers will be on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.>>Former LAPD Chief Chooses Ex-Colleagues(Los Angeles, CA) -- Former L.A. Police Chief Bill Bratton has chosen a couple of his formercolleagues to work for him in the private security firm he's overseeing. Bratton is chairman of anew global investigations firm, Altegrity Risk International. The L.A. Times reports Bratton has  selected former L.A. City Councilman Jack Weiss to run the company's Los Angeles office and formerDeputy Police Chief Michael Berkow as president of its security consulting unit. Bratton resignedthis past October after seven years as chief of the LAPD.>>USC Coach Will Reportedly Sign With Seahawks(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Seattle Seahawks fired head coach Jim Mora Friday and they are reportedlyready to hire University of Southern California head coach Pete Carroll. The Los Angeles Times reports the Seahawks and Carroll are close to a five-year deal that would pay him seven-millio--dollars per year. The newspaper says Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke met with Carroll in Los Angeles,this week. Seattle General Manager Tim Ruskell was forced out last month, which would apparentlygive the 58 year-old Carroll the control he has demanded for any return to the NFL. Last timearound, he was fired by the New York Jets after one season and the New England Patriots afterthree.>>Shareholders Approve Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger(West Hollywood, CA) -- Stock owners have overwhelmingly approved a merger between the giantonline ticket vendor Ticketmaster Entertainment and the concert production firm Live Nation, Inc.In separate releases, West Hollywood-based Ticketmaster (NASDAQ: TKTM) said more than 98percent of the shares voted by its stock owners were in favor of the marriage, while Beverly Hills-based Live Nation (NYSE: LYE) said more than 99 percent of the shares voted by its investors werefor the merger. Both companies are dominant in their respective fields, raising anti-trust concernsthat critics say they will take before the U.S. Justice Department and Canadian regulators.>>Octomom Wins State Appeals Court Decision(Santa Ana, CA) -- A Santa Ana state appeals court has sided with so-called Octomom NadyaSuleman, denying a petition by an entertainment industry children's advocate to have anindependent guardian appointed to safeguard the financial interests of Suleman's eight toddlers. Ina 20-page decision, the Fourth District Court of Appeal said a probate court was wrong to denySuleman's motion to have the petition by Paul Petersen dismissed. The three-judge panel also saidPetersen failed to show that Suleman is guilty of financial misconduct, adding that, quote, This is anunprecedented, meritless effort by a stranger to a family. The court also ordered Petersen to paySuleman's legal expenses.>>Ex-Employee Admits To UCLA Medical Records Snooping(Los Angeles, CA) -- Federal prosecutors say a former UCLA School of Medicine researcher hasadmitted to illegally viewing the private medical records of co-workers and celebrities. The U.S. Attorney's office says 48 year-old Huping Zhou pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court yesterday, to accessing confidential UCLA records 323 times over a three-week period in 2003. Zhoubegan his streak of illegal snooping by looking at the medical files of his immediate supervisor, afterUCLA Healthcare notified him of its intent to fire him for job performance reasons. Zhou is a Los Angeles resident and licensed heart surgeon in China. He is due to be sentenced March 22nd.>>Metrolink Cuts Service, Closes Budget Gap(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Metrolink board of directors erased a three-point-six-million-dollar shortfallin the commuter railroad's current budget yesterday, without raising fares. A Metrolink pressrelease says the board voted to trim weekend rail service in Orange County and the Inland Empire,  as well a couple of mid-day weekday trains between Orange County and the Inland Empire. Theboard also froze all hiring. There will be a budget workshop during the board's January 22ndmeeting, to start work on a spending plan for fiscal year 2010-2011. In other news, Moorpark CityCouncilman Keith Millhouse was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Metrolink board.>>Art Clokey Passes Away At 89(Los Osos, CA) -- The man who created Gumby, the miniature green animated man made out of bendable clay, has died. The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports Art Clokey died Friday morning athome in the central California town of Los Osos. He was 89. Gumby grew out of a claymation shortClokey made while studying film at the University of Southern California. Gumby and his sidekick,Pokey the horse, got their big break on The Howdy Doody Show in the 1950s. That led to their ownTV show, The Adventures of Gumby. Gumby enjoyed a revival in the 1980s, when comedian EddieMurphy played him as a cigar-smoking bad-attitude case in a series of Saturday Night Live skits.Clokey's death comes six months after the death of the voice of Gumby, Dallas McKennon.>>Study Says Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants Would Help Economy(Los Angeles, CA) -- A new UCLA study says granting amnesty to America's estimated twelve millionillegal immigrants would provide a big boost the economy. The report by Professor Raul Hinojosa-Ojeda with the UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies says amnesty would add anestimated one-point-five trillion dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product over the next ten years.The report is based on analysis of surveys conducted after the 1986 legislation granting legal statusto two-point-seven million people. The surveys found that once they were legalized, workers gotbetter paying jobs and that resulted in more spending and more tax revenue. The Los AngelesTimes reports that Hinosa-Ojeda also projected the economy would benefit from having a temporaryworker program.>>Charges Filed In Murder Of Theatre Director(Los Angeles, CA) -- Charges were filed today against the man suspected of murdering local theatredirector Bennett Bradley. The L.A. County D.A.'s Office says 25-year-old Jose Fructuoso allegedlyhad a romantic relationship with Bradley and fatally stabbed him on or about New Year's Day.Bradley's body was discovered in his apartment by co-workers on January 2nd after he failed to showup at work. Fructuoso lived a block away from Bennett's apartment was arrested early Tuesdaymorning.>>LA Cardinal To Attend Services For Slain School Member(Los Angeles, CA) -- Today's funeral Mass and burial service for a slain California assistant principalis being attended by Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony. Agustin Roberto Bobby Salcedo waskilled last week along with five other men in the Mexican state of Durango. The 33-year-old Salcedowas eating dinner with his wife in a restaurant in the city of Gomez Palacio when he and five othermen were kidnapped by masked gunmen. The victims were found shot to death the following day,New Year's Eve, next to a canal in a poor neighborhood known as September 11. Salcedo was anassistant principal at El Monte High School and was working on a Ph.D. degree at the time of hisdeath.>>Pipe Bombs Detonated In Two Southland Communities(Los Angeles, CA) -- Several pipe bombs were detonated in two separate instances in the Southland.

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