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Plans released for Queen Mary Island

The city’s iconic Queen Mary would become the centerpiece of “Queen Mary Island,” a 65-acre entertainment complex that would include California’s first indoor ice climbing wall, surfing, canyoning, skydiving, zip lining, and a trampoline park, according to plans released this week.

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CSU Board votes to raise tuition

The finance committee of the California State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to raise tuition by 5 percent for the 2017-18 school year to address a shortfall in funding from the state in the face of increased demand for programs. The committee approved the proposal on a 7-2 vote, with amendments to rescind the hike if sufficient state funding comes through, and calling for reports over the next two years detailing how the additional dollars are spent. The full board heard public comment before taking a final vote.

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Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca convicted in federal corruption retrial

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was convicted Wednesday of three federal charges for orchestrating a scheme to thwart an FBI investigation into inmate mistreatment in the jails he ran and of lying to the bureau. Jurors reached the verdict during their second full day of deliberations in Baca’s retrial. The eight-man, four-woman jury got the case Monday afternoon after hearing nine days of testimony involving more than a dozen witnesses.

Homeless tax emerges victorious

A quarter-cent Los Angeles County sales tax to fund anti-homelessness programs appeared to emerge victorious today by a thin margin, but it wasn’t immediately clear how many provisional, questioned or late ballots still needed to be tallied. With all precincts reporting, Measure H had 67.44 percent of the vote, just ahead of the two-thirds majority it needed to pass. The measure was short of the threshold much of Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, but it steadily gained ground as vote-counting continued, and it passed the two-thirds mark only when the final precincts reported.

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Eric Garcetti easily defeats challengers in mayors race

Mayor Eric Garcetti was preparing for another term this week, after easily outpacing a field of 10 challengers and avoiding a May runoff to keep his job. The mayor proclaimed victory Tuesday night—when early returns had already given him about 80 percent of the vote—greeting supporters at a campaign party in downtown Los Angeles, touting his achievements over the past four years and vowing that more is to come.

Local officials participate in Women’s Day

Demonstrations in recognition of International Women’s Day were led by elected leaders at both the Los Angeles City Council meeting and the County Board of Supervisors meeting Wednesday. Four of five members of the Board of Supervisors, the county’s chief executive officer, its lead attorney and several other women walked out at the start of today’s board hearing to show solidarity with women rallying and protesting on International Women’s Day.

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Incumbents reign in city council races

Six members of the Los Angeles City Council were celebrating re-election victories today, while Councilman Curren Price appeared to have won as well, but by a tenuous margin over activist/businessman Joe Bray-Ali. With all precincts reporting from Tuesday’s election, Price finished with 50.98 percent of the vote, appearing to win re-election outright. But it was unclear early Wednesday how many provisional or questioned ballots in the district remain to be tallied, and whether the final count might land the incumbent under the 50 percent threshold to avoid a May 16 runoff. Cedillo has a 1,952-vote lead over Bray-Ali, a bike activist and former bike shop owner.

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Measure S defeated at the polls

Despite a defeat at the ballot box, backers of a hotly debated initiative aimed at limiting development in the city of Los Angeles in part by blocking General Plan amendments for two years said today they were happy that their campaign has prompted change at City Hall. “We not only exposed corruption but we began a process of reform,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which largely bankrolled the campaign in support of Measure S. “We built a citywide movement, and we planted the seeds of change. Los Angeles will be a better place to live as a result of the Yes on S campaign.” Measure S was handily defeated by voters in Tuesday’s election. The initiative was the most expensive—and in many ways the most bitter—campaign in the Los Angeles city election.

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Woman charged with attempting to smuggle cocaine through LAX

A 28-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday at Los Angeles International Airport and charged with trying to smuggle at least a 2.2 pounds of cocaine to her hometown of Detroit. Kennsha Mason was taken into custody by special agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration after boarding a Spirit Airlines flight, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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City Council decriminalizes street vending

The City Council on Wednesday approved two ordinances decriminalizing street vending in Los Angeles. The practice is still outlawed but will be enforced through citations as the council continues to work on a permitting system for the industry. The ordinances, which were approved on a 13-0 vote, replace criminal misdemeanor charges with citations and remove criminal penalties against a person who fails to pay an administrative citation.

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