LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles homicide rate dropped last year but Police Chief Charlie Beck says there's still work to do in lowering the death rate.
Figures released last week show there were 282 reported homicides, down 4 percent from 2016.
Nearly 63 percent of those killings were gang-related, showing an upward spike.
The LAPD says most of the victims and suspects were Hispanics and African-Americans.
The homeless population also was affected, with 44 victims and 33 suspects.
The good news is that the homicide rate has improved dramatically, dropping by more than half from 1997.
Chief Beck says L.A. residents are safer than they've ever been but, in his words, “we're not safe enough.”
Why LAX Has Been Noisier Lately
INGLEWOOD—People living near the northern set of runways at Los Angeles International Airport likely noticed that planes have been landing over Inglewood overnight from Sunday through early this morning.
Los Angeles World Airports said that planes could not be brought in over Santa Monica Bay on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings because both of the southern runways were closed for maintenance or reconstruction.
Most of the time, wind patterns dictate that planes landing on either set of runways approach from the east—over the south side of Los Angeles—and take off over the ocean.
But between midnight and 6:30 a.m., on nights when winds are gentle and not a factor, arriving planes line up and departing planes ascend in the west, over the ocean, to give a break in aircraft noise to South L.A. That pattern cannot be safely maintained unless both sets of runways are open, LAX and the FAA have determined.
Maintenance was done on the outboard southside runway, the one closest to Imperial Highway. And the southside runway, closest to the terminals, is being reconstructed and will not reopen until May 11.
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