L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca said Sunday that he is negotiating with county officials for a major increase in funding for the troubled jail system, beginning with a $300-million infusion to reopen the shuttered Sybil Brand facility and to make other improvements aimed at reducing violence. The funding would be the first part of a much larger proposal the sheriff has been developing to fix the jail system, where violence has left two inmates dead and more than 150 injured in recent weeks. Baca said that a long-term effort to improve the jails would cost more than $1 billion, including $800 million to rebuild the aging Men's Central Jail in downtown L.A., the Los Angeles Times reported. It's unclear where the county could find the money for the jail improvements.
Insider Said to Be Chosen at Universal Movie Studio
NBC Universal is in talks to promote Marc Shmuger, the vice chairman of Universal Pictures, to take over the movie studio, possibly in tandem with a partner, the New York Times reported. The decision is expected to be completed sometime this week, and would elevate at least one seasoned executive from within the company. The move seems aimed at reasserting stability at Universal after two major blows to its organization in the last few months: the departure of Stacey Snider, the studio chairwoman, in late February, and the purchase of DreamWorks, which Universal had been widely expected to buy, by Paramount Pictures in December. In the wake of Snider's departure, Universal has moved to reassure directors of its coming movies that there would be no disruptions at the studio.
MTA Weighs Turning Part of Red Line Subway Purple
The subway to the sea may be just a dream of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but it's already poised to get a name all its own. The Purple Line. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering renaming the Metro Red Line's Wilshire Boulevard segment to the new hue along the segment that could one day extend to Santa Monica, the Daily News of Los Angeles reported. The proposal emerged as part of a broader MTA plan to give identifiable names to provide more consistency and clarification for the growing number of routes on transit maps. Already the MTA has the Red, Blue, Green and Gold Lines. Last year it opened the Orange Line in the San Fernando Valley. Villaraigosa said he hasn't yet "thought about the color" for the new line.
Port's Plan: Lessen Impact
After weeks of meetings with employees, customers and local elected officials, the Port of Long Beach has developed and issued a new 10-year strategic plan that includes a continued heavy emphasis on being a better neighbor with nearby communities and lessening its environmental impact. The port also plans to hire a new deputy executive director to be second in command, and has raised the existing environmental management and planning office to a higher place in the port's command structure, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported. The new strategic plan has seven major goals, including minimizing environmental and health impacts from port operations and development; enhancing safety and security; working with outside agencies to minimize effects on surrounding neighborhoods; and enhancing community and international trade industry relationships.
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