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L.A. set to urge end of Iraq war

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday took steps to to go on record to oppose the war in Iraq.

With six members seconding the proposal, Councilman Bill Rosendahl submitted a resolution urging President George W. Bush to immediately begin the withdrawal of troops from Iraq.

The symbolic effort could be back for a vote by the council by next week, after it goes to the council's Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

"I have wanted to do this for sometime and now seems right," Rosendahl said after the congressional briefing by Gen. David Petraeus on the status of the conflict.

Councilman Tom LaBonge said his only concern is that the council action not reflect poorly on the troops.

Rosendahl, a Vietnam-era veteran, said the intent of the resolution is to change American policy in Iraq. It said the city would prefer to see the money now being spent on the war to be redirected to domestic programs, including treatment for veterans.

-- Daily News

2 suspects held in street heist

PANORAMA CITY -- A member of a Van Nuys tagging crew fled from police on a foot-propelled Razr scooter after he and an accomplice held up a man for his beer, police said Wednesday.

Jose Murillo, 18, of Van Nuys was caught shortly after he hopped on his metal scooter Monday night. Officers said Murillo -- with accomplice David Flores, 19, of Sun Valley -- used a knife and handcuffs to stick up and detain a 22-year-old man.

The pair took two 24-ounce beers and went through the man's pockets in the 14600 block of Roscoe Boulevard, police said.

A witness called police and, when they arrived, they saw the two men hiding behind a wall. When officers got closer, Murillo took off on a scooter but didn't get very far, Los Angeles Police Detective Marc Martinez said.

Both men were being held at the Los Angeles County jail on robbery charges. Bail for both was set at $1 million.

-- Daily News

Police search for two in shooting

BURBANK -- Police were looking Wednesday for two men in a gray sedan after one of them opened fire on a passenger truck, police said.

The possible road-rage shooting occurred about 12:10 p.m. near Empire Avenue and Victory Place, said Sgt. Tracy Sanchez of the Burbank Police Department.

Nobody riding in the black Toyota Tundra pickup truck was hit, Sanchez said.

The suspects were described as Latinos driving a gray Saturn or Honda four-door sedan.

-- Daily News

Alarcon wants foreclosure data

Los Angeles Councilman Richard Alarcon proposed Wednesday creating a foreclosure task force to evaluate how an increase in foreclosures will affect city revenue and community stability.

He also wants the city to expand legal services for victims of predatory lending and to work more closely with nonprofits that advise families who cannot pay their mortgage.

Alarcon also introduced motions asking the city to support state legislation that would require loan documents to be written more clearly and be in the language that the borrower chooses.

And he wants the city to push the federal government to declare California a "high-cost area," which would raise the loan limit on conventional mortgages that tend to have lower rates and can be secured by the federal government.

-- Daily News

Bach must leave Hasselhoff home

David Hasselhoff's ex-wife has agreed to move out of the San Fernando Valley home they formerly shared, giving her the delay she wanted in the start of a trial to settle lingering financial issues, Hasselhoff's lawyer said Wednesday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark A. Juhas said Monday he could not find legal grounds to grant Pamela Bach's request to delay the trial beyond Oct. 1, but would do so anyway if she left the home so Hasselhoff can move back in with the couple's two daughters.

Under Juhas' June order, the former "Baywatch" actor has sole legal and primary physical custody of the couple's daughters, Taylor, 17, and Hayley, 15.

The trial will deal with Bach's request for additional financial support.

Hasselhoff's lawyer, Melvin S. Goldsman, said Bach will have to be out of the home by Oct. 1.

-- City News Service
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