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Around L.A.: One-fifth of Los Angeles foster children are LGBT, study says

Youths who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender were twice as likely as straight youths to report being treated poorly by the foster care system and are disproportionately represented, according to a study released Wednesday.

They are more likely to have been homeless, hospitalized overnight, hospitalized for emotional reasons or to live in a group home, the study showed.

In Los Angeles County, one in five foster youth ages 12-21 identify as LGBT – more than double what researchers believe to be in the general population. About 7,400 youth are in the Los Angeles County foster care system any given month.

Among LGBT foster youth, 18.5 percent said they have experienced discrimination for being LGBT.

The study was conducted by the Williams Institute at UCLA and Holarchy Consulting and commissioned by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Lauren Jow

STUDIO CITY SYCAMORE TREES MAY BE PROTECTED

City Councilman Paul Krekorian introduced a motion Friday to protect sycamore trees on Cantura Street in Studio City.

The removal of the trees had caused anger among many residents and led to a petition on change.org with more than 1,500 signatures asking that the trees be protected.

Some trees were removed when new homes were put on the street.

Krekorian's motion asks that the trees be designated a historic cultural monument.

“This is one of the most beautiful tree-lined neighborhoods we have in all of Studio City,” Krekorian said in a press release. “I first learned that there was risk to some of these trees when some of the residents expressed their concern about it. I share their concern. This is a tremendous asset that we have. These beautiful trees go back 90 years, are 100 feet tall and provide a tree canopy on the street. This is something that is worth preserving and I will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that these trees continue to be the wonderful asset to this neighborhood that they are.”

The motion was refereed to the Planning and Land Use Management Committee.

– Hannah Madans

POLICE ARREST FIVE PEOPLE LINKED TO LONG BEACH ROBBERIES

Long Beach police on Friday announced the arrested of one man, a woman and three boys who they say are linked to two separate robberies.

Ronald Oliver Romero, 25, and Selia Yanet Contreras, 25, both of Long Beach, each face four counts of robbery and one count of assault with a deadly weapon, and Contreras faces an additional charge of receiving stolen property stemming from two robberies in Long Beach that were reported earlier in the week, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

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