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BRIEFLY BOARD OPPOSES HAHN'S LAX PLAN.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose Mayor James Hahn's plan for expanding Los Angeles International Airport and suggested that planners go back to the drawing board.

``There (is) certainly a pressing need for safety and security improvements at LAX,'' said Supervisor Don Knabe. ``However, we should not implement a $10 billion flawed project on the advice of an inadequate environmental review.

- City News Service

County workers join L.A. protest

Numerous Los Angeles County employees took time off from work Tuesday to join a protest at the Hall of Administration against a contract offer that they say could be a backward step in compensation.

Contracts with several unions for the county's employees are in negotiation this year and thousands of employees are working under expired contracts. County officials say they are offering as much as they can, given that the state's budget troubles are restricting local available dollars.

- City News Service

Cocaine, heroin are seized at port

LONG BEACH - Authorities have arrested two Colombian nationals and seized more than 17 kilos of cocaine and heroin found concealed underwater in the Port of Long Beach.

The narcotics were discovered after Long Beach Harbor Patrol officers detained two men found walking around the port in full wet-suit gear, officials said. They told authorities that they had stowed away on a cargo ship and were seeking a better life in the United States.

- Long Beach Press Telegram

Man pleads guilty in family's deaths

A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of a family of four who perished in a fire last year at a Hollywood Hills home.

Carlos Amador agreed to cooperate with investigators and to testify against others charged in the case in exchange for four 15-year-to-life terms, which will run at the same time. He is set to be sentenced April 28.

- City News Service

Hollywood's Walk showing damage

HOLLYWOOD - The Hollywood Walk of Fame is mysteriously buckling, and authorities want to know whether the problem was caused by tunneling for the Red Line subway project.

Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti has introduced a motion for

a study to find out what ails the silver-flecked terrazzo that surrounds each of the 2,240 stars on the world-famous stretch of sidewalk. The damage is concentrated in the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue above the Red Line subway, a Metropolitan Transportation Authority project.

MTA officials said they do not believe they are at fault, and suspect that cars bumping over the sidewalk on their way into parking lots could be disrupting some stars, and that heavy foot traffic also is to blame.

- City News Service

Building, safety director to speak

NORTHRIDGE - Andrew Adelman, director of the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, will speak on zoning laws and building codes Nov. 12 at California State University, Northridge.

Adelman is the keynote speaker for the second session of the 2003 Real Estate Lecture Series, presented by CSUN's Center for Real Estate and the Los Angeles Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, the honorary land economics society.

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union on the east side of campus, off Zelzah Street. The event is free, however reservations are required due to limited seating. To reserve a seat, call (818) 677-2130 or e-mail cre(at)csun.edu.

- Daily News

L.A. City Council back on the road

The Los Angeles City Council will continue its road tour today, with a meeting outside City Hall in the Glassell Park area.

Under provisions of the City Charter requiring it to hold meetings away from downtown Los Angeles, the council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. at Washington Irving Middle School, 3010 Estara Ave.

- Daily News
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