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The Los Angeles City Council agreed today to turn off the sprinklers on large city lawns not used for recreation amid the statewide drought.Get Patched in! Sign up for the daily newsletter from Westwood-Century City Patch.The council also voted to instruct the Department of Water and Power and city staff to report back on the their progress in replacing the city's turf lawns with drought-tolerant landscaping.Lawns bigger than 1,000 square feet will be required to adhere to the watering ban, while the watering of smaller lawns will be up to the building managers, a council aide said.The council made an exception for trees and shrubs, which will still be watered.A sign will be posted at the lawns to explain why the city has allowed them to go brown, and also direct residents to water conservation information.The motion approved by the council also instructs staff to provide a list of ... (more) Comment?
Former "Scandal" cast member Columbus Keith Short failed to show up in court today on charges that he knocked out a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant , prompting a judge to issue a bench warrant for the actor's arrest. A preliminary hearing had been scheduled to determine whether there was sufficient evidence to proceed to trial on a felony count of battery with serious bodily injury against Short, who is accused of punching a San Bernardino man during an engagement party on March 15. If convicted of the felony charge, Short faces up to four years in prison, according to the District Attorney's Office. Comment?
Federal officials were mum today about what led them to raid two marijuana dispensaries, one in West Hollywood and another in Westwood, whose staff claimed they were operating within the bounds of California's medical cannabis laws. The raids by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration happened Thursday at two dispensaries operated by the same company, known as The Farmacy, said Vijay Rathie, special agent and public information officer for the DEA's Los Angeles field division. Comment?
The University of California's five medical centers, including those in Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego, were identified by the state Department of Public Health today as priority hospitals for the treatment of Ebola cases, if any arise in the state. "As part of a public university, UC's medical centers are far along in their preparation activities and are willing to care for conformed Ebola cases," Dr. John Stobo, UC senior vice president for health sciences and services, said. Comment?
A fire that burned in heavy brush in Brentwood was knocked down this morning, and no one was hurt, authorities said. The 2-acre blaze that burned in steep terrain on the edge of Rustic Canyon Park was fought by more than 100 firefighters and hand crews from the Los Angeles city and county fire departments. Comment?
Los Angeles is considering banning smart phone applications that allow users to auction off parking spaces, with council members saying today the practice amounts to "extortion." Councilman Mike Bonin's motion to ban such apps was backed by his colleagues on the Los Angeles City Council. Comment?
Los Angeles police unveiled surveillance video today showing a suspect responsible for burglarizing at least three Westside homes after they were offered for sale. The first burglary occurred on Sept. Comment?
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