Category: Westchester/LAX

Teens Arrested in Westchester Double-Murder

Sisters were found shot to death inside burning Westchester apartment; police suspect domestic violence By Gary Walker The joint FBI-LAPD Fugitive Task Force has arrested two teenage boys in connection with the murder of two sisters found shot to death after their apartment was set on fire last Saturday. Firefighters discovered the victims — identified as sisters Sierra Brown, 16, and Uniek Souvinette, 27, on an online fundraising page benefitting their children, listed as 7 years, 6 years and 10 months old — while responding to a fire in their upstairs unit of The Madrid Apartments at 8655 Belford...

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The Secret’s Out on Westchester

Increased demand for housing is spurring an apartment building boom By Gary Walker Single-family homes have long been a defining characteristic of Westchester, which some residents refer to as Mayberry for preserving its Midwestern suburban feel despite its Los Angeles zip code. But word got around, homebuyers priced out of trendier Westside neighborhoods got in, and between the summer of 2012 and the summer of 2017, the median sale price of a two-bedroom home in Westchester jumped from $515,000 to more than $1 million, according real estate data. Now it appears apartment builders are looking to cash in...

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LAX Seeks Locals for Construction Jobs

Apprenticeship program grooms workers to meet hiring target As LAX moves forward with an unprecedented $14-billion redevelopment plan to modernize terminals, upgrade runways and connect the airport to light rail, airport officials are looking to train workers for construction jobs those projects will create. On Saturday, the airport’s HireLAX initiative is hosting a mandatory orientation for its Apprenticeship Readiness Program, an eight-week job readiness program for positions offered by LAX contractors and unions. The effort aims to fulfill a 30% local hiring target for LAX projects. Applicants must be at least 17½ years old and display “physical readiness” for...

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LAX Eyes the Future of Travel

Retina and fingerprint scanners let frequent flyers breeze through security checks By Andrew Dubbins When I was assigned to write about the new subscription-based biometrics system at LAX called CLEAR — which allows members to bypass the TSA’s identity-check line by scanning their fingerprint or retina — I was ready to wax on about how I’m too private a person for this, too much of a clean freak, too squeamish about eye stuff (I hate when they zoom in on eyes in movies), and how this too closely resembles a sci-fi dystopia like the one in “Minority Report,” where...

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City Will Restore Traffic Lanes on Vista Del Mar

In a video released Wednesday night, L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin announced that the L.A. Department of Transportation will soon restore traffic lanes on Vista Del Mar and apologized for gridlock caused by reducing traffic to one lane in each direction. Bonin credited L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn for allowing the city to relocate street parking to a beach lot, making the traffic lane restorations possible while still addressing safety concerns that prompted the lane reductions. Bonin will also convene a Playa del Rey Road Safety task force to address the recent reconfiguration of Pershing Drive and portions of...

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