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Long Beach may ban smoking at small parks

July 6, 2010 | 12:20 pm

The Long Beach Press Telegram is reporting that the city could ban smoking in parks smaller than three acres:

Though more than half of the city's parks - 87 of them - are less than five acres in size, they still get plenty of use. However, with such a small size, it takes only a smoker or two to make a park unpleasant or unhealthy for others, 2nd District City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal says. 

Other goings-on around web L.A.:

Lease dispute at downtown wine bar: Blogdowntown has been tracking some serious lease drama at Downtown wine bar The Must. Apparently new owners took all of the furniture, equipment, and wine out of the bar early Saturday morning and are opening a new business in the same location:

Furniture, wine inventory and kitchen equipment including new refrigerators was emptied from The Must early Saturday morning, prompting the ownership to call police and file a report… A lawyer for the wine bar who was keeping up on the situation via phone calls with co-owner Rachel Thomas seemed resolved to the fact that the case would have to be resolved in a courtroom.

Trouble hiring at American Apparel: The Los Angeles Business Journal reports that American Apparel is having a surprisingly hard time filling 2,500 job openings at its Downtown factory:

Even with record unemployment, American Apparel's chief, Dov Charney, can't hire enough factory workers. … Why the struggle? He lost 2,500 workers – more than half his factory staff – after an immigration crackdown by the federal government.

Venice Canal Regatta: Yo! Venice! has photos of the annual Fourth of July Linnie Canal Regatta.

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Photo credit: Stephen Osman  / Los Angeles Times

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