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Pilot suspected of being drunk

A US Airways pilot was temporarily detained by Los Angeles International Airport police Friday on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol before flying to Philadelphia, officials said.

The pilot was arrested sometime before 1:45 p.m. and before getting aboard Flight 18 to fly the Airbus to Philadelphia, according to KBC (Channel 7). Sobriety tests later determined the pilot was not legally intoxicated, the station reported. The airline issued a statement saying the pilot would not face charges, but the airline was nonetheless looking into his conduct.

A replacement pilot was found and the Airbus left about four hours later.

- City News Service

Mayor questions retirement staff

In his continuing review of department budgets, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday questioned the rising staff levels and salaries at the Los Angeles City Employees Retirement System.

Villaraigosa said the system's proposed 2006-07 budget adds 11 positions. He said the salaries have increased at an ``alarming'' 34 percent above 2004-05 levels.

``It is my belief that the system's administrative expenses should be held to a minimum,'' the mayor wrote to the system's board of administration.

Villaraigosa, who is trying to rein in spending and narrow a structural deficit, also questioned an 80 percent increase for investment management services.

Robert Aguarro, the system's general manager, said he and the board would be reviewing the letter.

- Daily News

Greuel requests lane, tow studies

With traffic remaining a major complaint, Councilwoman Wendy Greuel called Friday for a study on creating reversible lanes along major streets, such as Victory Boulevard, Sepulveda Boulevard and Sherman Way.

The head of the council's Transportation Committee also asked for a report on creating a surface-street version of the rapid-response towing operation used on freeways to help alleviate traffic jams.

- Daily News

City debt, bonds to be reviewed

As it prepares to grapple with a projected $271 million budget shortfall this year, the Los Angeles City Council created a committee Friday to review the city's bonding and debt policies.

Councilman Tony Cardenas, who chaired the state Assembly budget committee, will be in charge of the panel that includes council members Bernard Parks, Ed Reyes, Bill Rosendahl and Janice Hahn.

Council President Eric Garcetti said the panel will review all the city's bond and debt issues, including those for the independent airport, harbor and water and power agencies.

- Daily News

Charter schools given $6 million

Green Dot Public Schools, one of the city's largest charter school operations, received a $6 million gift Friday from the Wasserman Foundation to improve education opportunities in South Los Angeles.

Green Dot, which currently operates five public charter schools in Los Angeles, wanted to transform Jefferson High School - one of the city's lowest-performing high schools - into a series of small charter schools.

The Los Angeles Unifed School District board, however, voted last month to approve the construction of eight charter schools near Jefferson, including six that will be run by Green Dot.

- City News Service

South Gate man is killed in Iraq

A Navy corpsman killed this week in Iaq was from South Gate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Office announced Friday.

Hospitalman Geovani Padilla Aleman, 20, died Sunday of injuries suffered from enemy action in Al Anbar Province.

``Brave members of our armed forces like Hospitalman Padilla Aleman put their lives on the line providing medical care for fellow servicemen and women,'' Schwarzenegger said in a statement. ``He died with honor, and California will remember his service with gratitude and admiration.''

- City News Service
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