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L.A. Now Live: Chat about plastic bag ban, mountain lions

May 24, 2012 |  6:00 am

Join Los Angeles Times reporters David Zahniser and Angel Jennings and City Editor Shelby Grad for a discussion about top local stories.

The discussion is scheduled for 9 a.m., and questions can be submitted during the chat.

Zahniser will be discussing a vote by the Los Angeles City Council to ban plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines, handing a hard-fought victory to environmentalists and promising to change the way Angelenos do their grocery shopping. Los Angeles is now the largest city in the nation to approve such a ban.

Plastic bags will be phased out over the next 16 months at an estimated 7,500 stores. Shoppers will need to bring reusable bags or purchase paper bags for 10 cents each.

Jennings will talk about the latest details on the mountain lion who wandered into Santa Monica. Wildlife agents fired several tranquilizing darts at the animal, but only one dart pierced the cat. Police shot and killed the animal after they said it became aggressive and tried to flee the courtyard.

Authorities believe that the lion roamed out of the Santa Monica Mountains. Although the National Park Service has been monitoring the habits of the big cats, the slain mountain lion was one of a handful not outfitted with a tracking device.