LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has used Labor Day to call for raising the city's minimum wage to more than $13. Garcetti announced a proposal to hike the wage from the current $9 per hour to $13.25 in 2017. The proposal will need City Council approval but it was praised by President Obama in his weekly radio address.
PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say a deputy has been injured in a rollover accident on the 14 Freeway near Palmdale. Authorities say the deputy, whose name was not released, was trapped in the patrol car and was taken to a hospital after she was freed. Her condition was not immediately known.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Owners who turn empty lots in San Francisco into farms could soon begin getting a break on their taxes. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city is set to become the first in California to enact a state law intended to encourage lot owners to turn their parcels into gardens. The measure lets municipalities lower the assessed value - and therefore the property taxes - if owners dedicate them to growing food for at least five years.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A Fresno ATM machine is out of service after thieves tried to break it open using a stolen backhoe. Fresno police say when that failed, they used the backhoe to go through the credit union's wall and then tried to pry open the vault. Police tell the Fresno Bee that, too, failed.
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