Let the budget games begin.
The committee responsible for deciding if L.A. will make a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games is holding its first meeting today. And there will be a lot to consider. A new report from the city’s top budget officials sites a number of potential problems, including possible cost overruns building housing for athletes.
The report from City Administrative Officer …
Police body cameras are coming to a city near you.
For starters, the LAPD plans to roll out more than 800 of the devices next week as part of a larger plan to equip almost the entire force. The department will eventually deploy 7,000 body cameras.
The cameras have the support of police chiefs and civil libertarians alike. They can increase transparency and provide a more …
If you’re having a hard time scraping money together to buy a house, you might take solace in the fact that you’ve got a lot of company. Or, perhaps not.
As it stands, two-thirds of the single-family homes and condos in the state are priced higher than a typical family can afford, according to a new report from the California Association of Realtors.
The median household …
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Gov. Jerry Brown says California plans to get tougher with farmers who have been pumping record amounts of groundwater during the drought.
Appearing yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Brown responded to a new NASA report that shows vast areas of the Central Valley sinking rapidly in a process known as subsidence because huge amounts of groundwater are being siphoned from underground aquifers.
Brown recently signed …
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What would California look like if the drought lasts another two years? Three years?
A new study says the state’s economy would probably hold up pretty well, including agriculture. But it finds that continued dry winters could prove devastating for small, rural communities that depend on well water, for the state’s wetlands and for wildlife in general.
The study by the Public Policy Institute of California …
The long-delayed trial of the man believed to L.A.’s notorious Grim Sleeper killer has been postponed once again, much to the disappointment of the victims’ families.
Prosecutors asked for the most recent delay. During a contentious hearing yesterday, they accused the defense attorney for Lonnie Franklin Jr. of “gamesmanship,” saying he planned to ambush them by introducing new information during the trial about DNA evidence …
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When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …
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Forget the War on Drugs, California officials are launching a War on Drones.
Up in Fresno, authorities say a privately operated drone just missed colliding with a medical helicopter that was flying a snake bite victim to a hospital yesterday. The pilot encountered the drone while flying at about 1,000 feet. He maneuvered away from the device, reportedly missing it by just 20 feet or …
Los Angeles is getting ready for another Olympics, or at least an Olympic bid.
Mayor Eric Garcetti says L.A. is nearing a deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee to be this country’s candidate for the 2024 Summer Games. Unlike Boston – which recently dropped out of the bidding – Garcetti says L.A. would be willing to guarantee that the city will cover any cost overruns …
California will be the first state in the nation to foot the bill for sex reassignment surgery to a transgender inmate.
The state agreed to the procedure after its own expert testified in a federal lawsuit that surgery was medically necessary to prevent Shiloh Quine from suffering depression and anxiety.
Quine has been in prison for more than three decades. She went in as Rodney Quine …
If you bank at Banamex USA, you’re going to have to find a new place to do your business.
The L.A. bank has been hit with heavy fines and agreed to shut down because it hasn’t done enough to stop money laundering by drug gangs and other bad actors.
Banamex – which operates primarily around the U.S.-Mexican border – is owned by banking giant Citibank, which …
A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …
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When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
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The owners of a downtown L.A. oil field that shut down two years ago amid complaints that it was making neighbors sick want to start pumping again. It could be an uphill fight, though.
Neighbors had complained for years that noxious emissions from the facility were fouling the air – causing respiratory problems, headaches and nosebleeds. In spite of a long list of violations that …
It’s not quite the roof of the world, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in L.A.
The owners of U.S. Bank Tower – the city’s tallest structure – are building an outdoor observation deck and restaurant on the top floors.
The view will be spectacular, but it won’t be cheap: The price is $25 per visitor.
The L.A. Times reports the U.S. Bank Tower …
It’s happened again…For the fourth time in a month, a private drone has interfered with firefighting aircraft in California.
The latest incident took place yesterday during the fight to contain a wildfire burning in Yucaipa, on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.
Cal Fire’s Debbie Chapman says air tankers were grounded for about 10 minutes after a drone was spotted flying over the fire.
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There’s no longer any doubt, according to federal scientists – California is on El Nino watch.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says Pacific Ocean surface temperatures continue to warm near the equator – setting up what could be one of the most powerful El Nino’s on record. There is now a 90 percent chance that El Nino conditions will last …
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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is resisting pressure to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Some local African-American activists led by Earl Ofari Hutchinson want the comedian’s star dug up from the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard and thrown onto the scrap heap. The activists sent a letter to the Chamber this week after the unsealing of a 2005 deposition in …
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On must summer days, cars filled with tourists make their way up and down Beachwood Drive – looking for that perfect place to stop and snap a picture of the Hollywood sign.
Needless to say, the locals don’t like it very much.
But are the tourists just a nuisance – or an actual safety hazard?
A new lawsuit could help answer that question.
Hollywood Hills homeowners have sued …