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BRIEFLY : COURTHOUSE TO BE REDEDICATED TODAY.

After almost four years and $16 million in earthquake renovations, politicians and court officials will rededicate the newly refurbished San Fernando Courthouse at 9:30 this morning.

The courthouse, at 900 Third Street, was red-tagged and closed in February 1994, a month after the Northridge Earthquake. Since then, San Fernando Courthouse operations have been squeezed into trailers and empty office space at the Van Nuys Courthouse.

The San Fernando Courthouse, which holds nine Municipal Court and 13 Superior Court departments, will open for business next week.

- Daily News

LAX-Palmdale rail project endorsed

A City Council panel voted Wednesday to support a proposal for the state to build a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles International Airport and Palmdale Airport so Palmdale can handle some of the growing demand for air services.

The council's Transportation Committee recommended that the full council seek state legislation and other assistance to make the rail line possible.

A state High Speed Rail Commission has proposed a line between Union Station and Palmdale, but has not given priority to linking Union Station and LAX.

- Daily News

Council certifies area renewal panel

The Los Angeles City Council certified the election results Wednesday for a panel to oversee a new redevelopment area in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

The Project Area Committee was elected Dec. 18 by residents and business people in the area currently being studied to be designated as a redevelopment area.

Those elected to the panel include Sylmar Chamber of Commerce representative Fred Weinhart, Assistance League official Jim Leahy, Joseph Corcoran of the Los Angeles Family Housing Corp., and businessman Brad Boeckmann.

Others elected are Raymond L. Jackson, Mike P. Judkins, Reggie Lugo and Steven Martinez, as well as business owners Greg Ramos, Michael Secora, Luke Walker, Caron Caines, Michael Cheng, David Edwards, Gary Forsch and Steven Young.

- Daily News

Panel orders bus back to the Valley

Saying the San Fernando Valley is a job base as much as a bedroom community, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to direct a commuter bus that runs from the Valley to downtown to begin making trips back to the Valley.

Currently, Commuter Express Line 423 runs each weekday morning from Westlake Village to downtown Los Angeles, with a stop at the Encino Park-and-Ride lot, but the buses then go out of service.

The council voted to authorize the creation of a new Line 422 that will have the buses turn around and take passengers from downtown out to the Valley.

- Daily News

Singer settles suit with songwriter

Garth Brooks reached a settlement Wednesday with a Los Angeles songwriter who contended the music in the country star's song ``Standing Outside the Fire'' was lifted from a Kenny Loggins tune.

After more than two hours of back-room negotiations, lawyer Jay Lavely Jr., who represented plaintiff Guy Thomas, emerged and told reporters: ``The matter has been amicably resolved.''

Neither side would comment on the terms of the settlement.

- City News Service

Corpse identified as Valley man, 24

CHATSWORTH - Authorities on Wednesday identified the body of a man shot to death earlier this week near the end of De Soto Avenue north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway.

The victim was identified as Jorge Eduardo Meison Jr., 24, of North Hollywood, according to Los Angeles Coroner's Office investigator Joyce Kato.

A hiker found Meison lying in the 11200 block of De Soto Avenue on Tuesday. He had been shot multiple times in the upper torso. Investigators said the man was killed at the scene within a day of when the hiker found him.

On Wednesday, no arrests had been made in the case and no motive for the crime was established, said Detective Jesse Castillo of the Los Angeles Police Department's Devonshire Division.

- Daily News
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