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Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs

Los Angeles Workers Flood Streets Protesting Predatory Bank Fees, Rising Share of Health Care Costs
With their contracts expiring at midnight, city workers in Los Angeles flooded the streets around city hall in protest on Tuesday. They oppose predatory fees the city pays to Wall Street banks and believe that money should be redirected to improve city services.
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City of LA Sues JPMorgan for Systematically Steering Minorities Into Foreclosure

City of LA Sues JPMorgan for Systematically Steering Minorities Into Foreclosure
The City of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase alleging the financial titan steered minority borrowers into homes they could not afford, triggering a foreclosure wave whose effects can still be felt in the city today. The lawsuit cites a report conducted by a low-income advocacy group that claims the mortgage crisis caused over 200,000 foreclosures in Los Angeles between 2008 and 2012.
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Chaz Bolte
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Strong Earthquake Along 'Lesser' CA Fault Line Could Cost $250B and Kill Up to 18,000 People

Strong Earthquake Along 'Lesser' CA Fault Line Could Cost $250B and Kill Up to 18,000 People
Experts say a bigger earthquake along the lesser-known fault that gave Southern California a moderate shake could do more damage to the region than the long-dreaded "Big One" from the more famous San Andreas Fault. The Puente Hills thrust fault, which brought Friday night's magnitude-5.1 quake centered in La Habra and well over 100 aftershocks by Sunday, stretches from northern Orange County under downtown Los Angeles into Hollywood — a heavily populated swath of the Los Angeles area.
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Apple a Day: Los Angeles Schools Order 31,000 iPads

Apple a Day: Los Angeles Schools Order 31,000 iPads
Los Angeles' school system, the second largest in the United States, is ordering iPads for all its students, handing Apple a major success in its quest to make the tablet computer a replacement for textbooks.
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Peter Svensson
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Protesters Implore Villaraigosa to Resign from Fix the Debt Group

Activists from MoveOn.org and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered over 21,000 signatures to L.A. City Hall Wednesday demanding Villaraigosa resign from the group's steering committee.
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Foreclosure Revolt Spreads to East LA

Three occupiers survey the barricade members of Occupy Fights Foreclosures built as part of their efforts to stop the eviction of the Lucero family whose home — commonly referred to now as Fort Lucero — fell into foreclosure after a questionable loan modification.
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LA Overturns Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ban

"Faced with several lawsuits, petitions with thousands of signatures and heavy criticism, the Los Angeles City Council reversed itself yesterday. In a preliminary vote, members ended the city's ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. The ban was only enacted in July...".* Ana Kasparian, John Iadarola (host of TYT University and Common Room), and Steve Oh (TYT COO/Audio Guy) break it down on The Young Turks.  Ana Kasperian shares her own perso...
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Campaign Against Wage Increase For Hotel Workers Funded Solely by Hotels

According to filings from the Long Beach City Clerk, hotels and hotel corporations are the only donors to the campaign against Measure N, the Long Beach hotel worker living wage initiative on the November 6 ballot. The hotels have contributed $376,180 so far — an estimated $188 per affected employee — to keep their workers from having a minimum wage of $13 an hour and five paid sick days a year.
That $188 could go a long way toward buying new shoes, school clothes or backpacks for the kids of hotel workers. If given to hotel workers, most of the $376,180 would be spent in Long Beach, stimulating the local economy. Small business owners understand this, which is why more than 130 of them have pledged their support for Measure N.
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