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YWCA to honor standout women

The YWCA of Greater Los Angeles will hold an awards luncheon May 14 to honor some of the region's outstanding professional women.

Keynote speaker will be Maria Contreras-Sweet, founding chairwoman of Promerica Bank, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in more than three decades.

The Phenomenal Women luncheon will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., with a reception starting at 11:30 a.m. and luncheon at noon.

Reservations are requested by Wednesday. For more information, contact Kimberly Stephens or Tracy Clark at 213-365-2991, Ext. 1328, or by e-mail at kimberly.stephens(at)ywcagla.org. Reservations and information also can be obtained by calling Monica Galindo at 213-365-2991, Ext. 1331, or e-mailing monica.galindo(at)ywcagla.org.

Further studies set for street plan

A plan favored by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to convert parts of Olympic and Pico boulevards into one-way streets to reduce traffic congestion must undergo further environmental analysis, a judge ruled Monday.

Norwalk Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio ruled in favor of the Greater West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and the Westwood South of Santa Monica Homeowners Association, which filed separate petitions challenging the adequacy of the environmental study done by the city.

City leaders have not yet decided whether to appeal the ruling.

Some 50 manhole covers are stolen

LONG BEACH -- Nearly 50 manhole covers have been stolen in the past two months in Long Beach -- 10 of them on a single day recently, a city agency reported Monday.

The crimes have occurred predominantly in the southwest area of the city, west of the Los Angeles River near Willow and Anaheim streets, said Ryan Alsop of the Long Beach Water Department.

"It is believed the covers are being removed by the same small group of people -- after dark -- who are using a crowbar, pickax or another similar tool to pull them out of the street," Alsop said. "The manholes, when left uncovered, pose a significant safety hazard for unsuspecting people and vehicles."

Alsop said the 80-pound manhole covers cost the city about $500 each to replace. But they are only worth about $10 to thieves who try to sell them to scrap yards -- "that is, if they find a scrap-metal yard willing to risk the consequences of purchasing property they know has been stolen," Alsop said.

The manhole covers are identified by the words "Long Beach Water Department" or the "LBWD" logo, Alsop said.

The Long Beach Water Department is working with the Police Department and scrap-metal dealers around the Southland to catch the thieves.

Anyone knowing more about the case was urged to call authorities.

-- Staff and Wire Services
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