Extra, Extra: Something's Gotta Give
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- Britney Spears may be on her way out of Los Angeles, but she's not going quietly. The pop star was involved in a minor collision last night on the 134 in bumper to bumper traffic where she hit the car in front of her, causing that vehicle to bump the car in front of them. No one was hurt and the length of this bullet point is already severely disproportionate to my interest in it. Let's move on...
- Of all the problems facing the great city of Los Angeles, housing availability is surely near the top of the list. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavksy, in an LA Times editorial, has stepped into the fray with a few concrete ideas, such as slowing development of condos and other luxury housing projects to accommodate renters and building up housing around transportation hubs. His thoughts are not revolutionary, but are well taken in a city where middle and low income renters are constantly being priced out of the market.
- His comments come on the heels of a new study that said L.A. must build nearly 113,000 new housing units by 2014 to meet the needs of a growing population without worsening the shortage of affordable homes. In the battled between those opposed to new construction based on water shortages and increased traffic versus those attempting to meet the needs of a growing populace, something's gotta give.
- Yesterday, we told you about an officer involved shooting in a movie theater in El Segundo. Today, the two officers are recovering in the hospital after the shootout that left one suspect dead and a bystander injured. They are expected to make a full recovery.
- Police chase! Two dudes who may have been involved in a shooting led police for more than an hour through Los Angeles freeways this morning before being apprehended. Chases are dangerous, costly and stupid, but I admit I have a weakness for a good ol fashioned pursuit. Thank you, Fox.
- CBS CEO Les Moonves made $37 million last year. Amid show dumping and firings, his multi-million dollar salary is raising some eyebrows, LA Biz Observed wrote.
- American Airlines' MD-80 fleet is back up and running. This just in via -- yeah, that's right -- the new AA blog.
- Four homes were briefly evacuated when a small brush fire lit up a hillside near Foothills Middle School in Arcadia this afternoon.
- It was damn hot today if you didn't notice. Record high temps for LAX (96 degrees), Long Beach (95), Anaheim (102!) the Santa Monica Pier (86), and UCLA (95). Tomorrow should be gorgeous, just in time to return to work.