An LA councilman wants Angelenos to have free, citywide wireless Internet service. If he succeeds, Los Angeles would become the largest U.S. city to provide universal Wi-Fi.
LA Councilman Bob Blumenfield said in a motion Tuesday that free Wi-Fi would benefit government officials, businesses, visitors and people who cannot afford private Wi-Fi, the Van Nuys News Press reports.
Blumenfield asked staffers with the city's Information Technology Agency for a report on setting up free Wi-Fi across the city, the City News Service reports.
"We live in a world where success is increasingly tied to the ability access to information,” said Blumenfield, who chairs the Council’s Innovation, Technology and General Services Committee, CBS reports. “Los Angeles has already made great strides towards enhancing government openness through technology, from live simulcasting of Council Meetings to the MyLA311 mobile application. Providing universal access to the internet is a natural and necessary extension of these efforts.”
In the meantime, check out some of our favorites cafes with free Wi-Fi:
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Neighborhoods: Brentwood, Century City, Encino Brentwood: 11645 San Vicente Blvd. Brentwood, CA 90049. (310) 979-8733. Century City: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064. (310) 553-8733. Encino: 17499 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316. (818) 789-8733. Coral Tree Cafe features healthy Californian cuisine with local & organic ingredients. Great salads, sandwiches, soups and dessert.
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Neighborhood: Venice 2003 Main St, Santa Monica, California 90405. (310) 310-3665. Located in the Zephyr building on the corner of Main & Bay Street in Ocean Park, Dogtown Coffee is a community-oriented coffee shop with an emphasis on preserving the American skate-boarding scene. All-day breakfast is served. Vegan and gluten-free friendly.
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Neighborhood: Venice 2209 Main Street Ste. B, Santa Monica, California 90405. (310) 399-6369. Kafe K is a bistro-style cafe in Santa Monica serving fresh coffee with European-style decor and atmosphere. A variety of sandwiches, salads and homemade soups are also served. Vegetarian/vegan options offered. Open for breakfast and lunch.
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica 1300 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403. (310) 451-1114. LA Monarca Bakery in Santa Monica is known for fresh pastries and Mexican hot chocolate. Employees eagerly give recommendations/tasters. There's free parking in the back.
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica 2525 Michigan Avenue #A3, Santa Monica, CA. (310) 828-4001. Sitting high upon the loading dock of an old water heater factory, Bergamot Café is known for its unique location, smack dab in the middle of the Bergamot Art Station. Come enjoy a sandwich, salad, a famous mint lemonade and the work of some of LA's best artists.
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Neighborhood: Santa Monica 2425 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, California 90404. (310) 453-8600. Elabrew is a small specialty coffee shop in Santa Monica. Located in the corporate office park that is Colorado Center, Elabrew offers only outside seating—long wooden tables under canvas umbrellas and covered-patio seating. Quality coffee and pastries. Friendly service.
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Neighborhood: Beverly Hills 200 S Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. (310) 271-4556. As one might expect, the Champagne French Bakery Cafe is known for pastries, which they tout are the "best in Beverly Hills." Yelp reviewers called the ambience "wonderful" and the service "impatient."
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Neighborhood: Beverly Hills 419 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, California 90210. (310) 385-0420. Coupa Coffee is known for its great service, vast wine selection, arepas (Venezuelan flatbread) and crepes. There's free 2 hour parking in the lot next door.
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Neighborhood: Beverly Hills 132 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. (310) 360-7535. A taste of modern Morocco, Tagine serves traditional Moroccan dishes, steeped with exotic flavors. Yelp reviewers say the restaurant serves the "best Middle Eastern food in town."
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Neighborhood: Beverly Hills 258 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. (310) 248-3664. Peet's is often known as the grandfather of specialty coffee shops. Low-key, quality coffee and pastries, indoor and outdoor seating. Ample parking in the back.
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Neighborhood: Hollywood 6707 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA 90028. (323) 464-6707. A little coffeeshop in Hollywood, Javista is known for a great pecan pie, fudge cookie and of course, latte. They always seem to be busy, and yelp reviewers comment endlessly on their great customer service. Meter parking in the front.
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Neighborhood: Hollywood 5718 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028. (323) 462-7500. Located in Hollywood, Casablanca Coffee Lounge offers an array of pastries and coffee-drinks. The shop is known for its great lattes and slow service.
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Neighborhood: West Hollywood 8470 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. (310) 855-3564. Maginn's Irish Coffee House combines gourmet food and beverages with entertainment, a venue for stand up comedy shows, music, speed dating and performance arts.
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Neighborhood: West Hollywood 7158 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036. (323) 930-0789. Spoon by H is known for its extensive collection of tea and warm ambience. The family run business lets customers sample many varieties of teas. Quality pastries, breakfast and coffee drinks. Limited seating.
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Neighborhood: West Hollywood 8428 Melrose Place Suite A, Los Angeles, California 90069. (323) 944-0811. Alred Coffee and Kitchen brews Stumptown Coffee Roasters. There are freshly baked pastries every day and friendly faces behind the counter.
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Neighborhood: Downtown 134 Japanese Village Plaza, Bldg E, Los Angeles, California 90012. (213) 346-9910. Cafe Dulce is known for its offbeat dessert table, featuring bacon donut holes (which are complete with real pieces of bacon) and green tea and sweet potato roti.
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Neighborhood: Downtown* 451 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. (213) 797-4534. In the LA Art District beside Little Tokyo, Urth Cafe serves quality coffee-drinks, soups, salads, sandwiches and some of the best pumpkin pie in town. Though parking is tough (it is, after all, LA), there are heat lamps outside and spacious seating. *Note: only Urth's downtown location offers free wifi.
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Neighborhood: Downtown 640 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. (213) 670-0100. Known for great vanilla iced lattes and fanciful cream art on their lattes. Great service and ambience. Hidden away in an alley off 7th street. Cash only.
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Neighborhood: Los Feliz 5931 Franklin Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028. (323) 464-6008. The Bourgeois Pig lives up to its hipster reputation. Decorated with contemporary art, bright blue walls, harsh mood lighting and a pool table, the Los Feliz landmark serves great lattes and is known for its spicy mustard tuna paninis.
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Neighborhood: Silver Lake/Echo Park 2201 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. (213) 568-3408. The Hedgehog is a small vegan coffee shop in Echo Park. Its ambience is lovably weird -- flying succulent plants adorned to every wall, low-hanging light fixtures and some ancient furniture. Known for its vegan apple-turnover.
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Neighborhood: Silver Lake/Echo Park 1651 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, California 90026-5026. (213) 483-4458 & (323) 620-1306. The Tribal Cafe provides great traditional food (as well as vegetarian and vegan options), green smoothies, fresh juices, open mic nights and band nights. There are community cultural events and art shows, not to mention a quality cup of joe.
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Neighborhood: Studio City 2100 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, California 90026. (323) 284-8962. Fix Coffee features Intelligentsia and Verve Coffee, as well as pastries, sandwiches and salads.
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Neighborhood: San Fernando Valley 13251 Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks, California 91423. (818) 907-1400. M Street Coffee is a friendly neighborhood Coffee Bar and Art Gallery in Sherman Oaks. This eco-friendly café serves freshly roasted, organic coffees, green tea lattes, fruit smoothies and baked goods. Spacious, with indoor and outdoor seating.