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Fri
22
Aug
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Huge Flag Removed at Highland Park Veterans Memorial Square

by LA1 NEWS:

The enormous U.S. Flag that was flying at Veteran's Memorial Square in Highland Park was taken down on Thursday afternoon by members of the American Legion and the Kiwanis Club, led by Highland Park American Legion Sergeant-at-Arms David Hook. The oversized Flag is very expensive and was reserved by the Northeast Patriotic Committee for special occasions such as Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, and Veterans Day. A severe homelessness problem combined with drinking and drug use at the Square caused the public space to be fenced in and closed by CD1 Councilmember Ed Reyes beginning in late 2012. The Flag that was flying at the Square during that time eventually became weathered and unserviceable and was taken down. 

Wed
13
Aug
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Montecito Heights Pickup Spot Pushes the Envelope

by LA1 NEWS STAFF:

A current public health hazard exists in Montecito Heights, and it has been present for over 25 years. Most residents are unaware of what's going on. Every day, parents and children casually stroll the hillsides around the Audubon Center at Debs Park, or play soccer at the far side of Montecito Park. They are, however, mostly oblivious to what occurs in the bushes and in the front seats of cars that surround them. Police and public leaders seem oblivious as well.

What's going on is gay male sex in the most inappropriate of surroundings. LAPD Northeast Vice Squad officers are completely aware of the situation, and have made efforts beginning in the early 1990s to curtail it, but their efforts have made little impact. The patrons of the pickup spot have since upped their game. They have an inside code of how to let people know they are interested in action, and all it takes is a push on the brake pedal.

Thu
31
Jul
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The Evolution of LA1 News

by LA1 News

LA1 News was created by a staff CNN studio camera operator / freelance LA Weekly writer on Christmas Day, 2000, using a work computer at CNN's Los Angeles news bureau. The idea was hatched more than a year earlier, but low financial resources meant ownership of the catchy URL would have to wait. Finally, a little Christmas morning cash paid for the first step toward completion of the dream. 

The idea was to provide a source for wide-ranging information from nearly every category of news for a major metropolitan city. The early plans were lofty. Envisioned was a site with live-streaming traffic conditions coming from cameras mounted inside the windows of tall office buildings near the freeway. Early news categories included fashion, business, politics, education, and many more. Los Angeles City news was covered alongside national and worldwide topics. 

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