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Top 5 Westside Stories: Ramp Jam Part One Ends Early, Election Season Heats Up

Here are the top five Westside Patch stories from Aug. 26-Sept. 1.

Close out your weekend with a recap of the newsiest and most popular Patch articles from last week. Here are the five stories that topped the headlines on Westside Patch sites:

  • The  on Friday. Now, the westbound Wilshire Boulevard onramp to the northbound 405 Freeway and the northbound 405's offramp to westbound Wilshire are open again, in time for the holiday weekend.
  • : Election season is heating up, especially with the Republican National Convention. What did you think of the speeches by and ? .
  • Flags were lowered to half-staff Friday to honor American astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died Aug. 25.
  • The authorized a payment of $132,062 to a lobbying firm the district hired to fight the Westside Subway Extension in federal court. Measure E, a bond measured voters approved in 2008, .
  • The owner of the Hotel Shangri-La in Santa Monica pledged donations to two non-profits to assuage the Zionist Organization of America before a scheduled protest at the hotel. Recently, a jury found the hotel owner guilty of violating a civil rights law by trying to evict a Jewish group from the pool two years ago. The owner plans to appeal the decision.

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