California’s unemployment rate dropped to 10.2 percent in September, according the Labor Department. That’s a big dip — the August rate was 10.6 percent and had been falling relatively slowly. With the state now in striking distance of single-digit unemployment for the first time in years, it is clear that the recovery is gaining steam here. California has added 262,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, second only to Texas, which has added 700 more (it’s neck and neck).
In the east portal lobby of Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones and Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member Richard Katz ducked and covered under a large red table set up for the event. “Hope doesn’t save lives, preparation does,” Villaraigosa said.
Over the last two and a half years, Los Angeles turned a corner. While the city has a long way to go to be a safe and welcoming city for pedestrians and cyclists, things are getting better. The change in attitude has also changed the debate from, “What can the city do to make things better?” to “Is it doing all that it can?” Earlier today, the League of American Cyclists stepped into the discussion by awarding the city a “Bronze Medal” for bicycle-friendliness.
If you’ve ever stumbled out of a bar on Hollywood Boulevard at closing time, you know the smell: Bacon wrapped hot dogs. They’re very tasty, but are they legal? Right now, street vendors can be fined up to $1,000 and face jail time for selling food on L.A. sidewalks. The carts are generally operated by immigrant vendors who make a living selling quick late-night snacks to concert, club and bar-goers.
Thanks to pet friendly policies in most residential buildings, Downtown has attracted thousands of dog owners. This month, they got a new destination for their canine companions at Grand Park. A small, fenced-in zone dubbed a dog “run” is tucked into the parcel across from City Hall.