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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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Hopes of a quick NFL return to L.A. take a hit

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can cross the San Diego Chargers off the list of NFL teams that might be moving to L.A. next year.
The Chargers have announced they’ll be staying put in 2015.
The Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders are all operating on a year-to-year stadium leases. And that’s led to a lot of speculation that one – or possibly two of those teams – could …

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L.A. making pitch to host its third Olympics in 2024

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mayor Eric Garcetti and a team of advisers will be in the Bay Area today – trying to convince the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee that L.A.’s the place for the 2024 Summer Games.
The L.A. bid faces competition from three other U.S. cities: San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. After hearing proposals from all four today, the USOC will make its decision later this month …

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Rate of unvaccinated kids starts declining in California

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More California kindergartners got their immunization shots before starting school this year than last year, reversing a decade-long trend.  The number of parents who filed “personal belief” forms exempting their kids from getting vaccinated dropped 20 percent this school year.
The Sacramento Bee reports the decline corresponds to the introduction of a new form that requires parents to get a doctor’s signature that acknowledges they’ve …

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Photos show Griffith Park puma is back in the pink

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Things are looking up for a lone mountain lion that has made its home in Griffith Park.
Park officials say new photos show that the cougar – known as P-22 – has rebounded well from a serious bout of mange that was apparently caused by exposure to rat poison. The big cat was captured in March and treated with skin medications and injections of Vitamin …

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Fracking fight bubbles up in Santa Barbara Channel

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The contentious debate over fracking in California is coming to a head in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
A Central Coast environmental group is suing the federal government for allowing the use of off-shore fracking to drill for oil and natural gas in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Interior Department has issued dozens of permits that allow oil companies to use either hydraulic fracturing or …

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Schwarzenegger deal continues to haunt Jerry Brown

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you ever made a deal to buy something, only to have the seller tell you that it’s not actually for sale, after all?
That’s what a group of Texas and Irvine investors say happened to them – and the seller was the state of California.
A trial begins today in San Francisco that will determine whether California has to sell off 11 properties that Gov. …

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Can McDonnell turn around the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept.?

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Jim McDonnell will be sworn in today as the new Sheriff of L.A. County.
The former Long Beach Police Chief won a lopsided victory over former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka in last month’s run-off election. He’s the first outsider in nearly a century to lead the Sheriff’s Department.
McDonnell is inheriting an agency that’s been beset by scandals in recent years. Former Sheriff Lee Baca resigned last …

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Carly Fiorina eyeing possible bid for White House

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Remember Carly Fiorina?
The Republican and former Hewlett-Packard CEO lost to Barbara Boxer in a Senate race four years ago, and she’s never held public office. Nevertheless, the Washington Post reports that Fiorina is actively exploring a 2016 presidential run.
Fiorina would face an uphill battle to get the GOP nomination. She’d  be up against much more well-known and experienced candidates. Potential contenders include New Jersey …

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Leondra Kruger is Gov’s pick for state Supreme Court

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest appointment to the California Supreme Court has no judicial experience. But 38-year-old Leondra Kruger comes to the job with an impressive resume.
As a government attorney, Kruger has been an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and acting deputy solicitor general in the U.S. Justice Department. She’s argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for her …

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Ferguson protests reach California

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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.@LAPDChiefBeck: "I know this isn't over. This is a wound of the nation that will not heal immediately." pic.twitter.com/b4I01Ik7zE
— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) November 25, 2014

The fallout from Ferguson, Missouri reached California overnight as angry but mostly peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of L.A. to protest the grand jury’s decision. But while protestors set fires to police cars and damaged businesses in Ferguson, …

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Is mandatory school ‘volunteering’ against the law?

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …

Environment, Issues, News »

Searching for urchins and restoring a kelp forest

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A decimated giant kelp forest in Southern California is making a comeback after volunteers removed almost two million sea urchins that devour the plants.
The Bay Foundation reports that the first year of the program has restored about 12.5 acres of kelp forests along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The new forests have attracted all kinds of sea creatures – including Garibaldi, bass, spiny lobster, and …

Education, News, Politics »

Brown and Napolitano at odds over U.C. tuition hikes

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A battle between Gov. Jerry Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano is brewing over Napolitano’s proposal to hike tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
Brown appointed two new regents to the University of California yesterday: Former Assembly Leader John Perez, who’s about to be termed out of the Legislature, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent of Long Beach City College.
The timing …

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Old man and the seethe: Lakers losing, Kobe stewing

Posted November 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Kobe Bryant appears to have fully recovered from injuries that sidelined him most of the last two seasons. That’s the good news.
The bad news is the Lakers are, well, bad. Historically bad.
They lost again last night, falling to the Golden State Warriors 136-115 at Staples Center. They are now 1-9: That’s the worst 10-game start in franchise history. We’re talking back to Minneapolis days.
The …

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More concealed weapons likely in California

Posted November 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California is a step closer to allowing just about anyone who can legally own a gun to carry a concealed weapon. That’s because a federal judge has refused to allow State Attorney General Kamela Harris and anti-gun activists to challenge a court ruling from earlier this year that affirmed that right.
The concealed weapon case comes from San Diego – but it will have implications …

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Goofy law? FAA wants to revisit Disney ‘no-fly’ rules

Posted November 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The only thing that’s been flying above Disneyland for the past decade is Tinkerbell.
But the L.A. Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration now plans to take a fresh look at the need for no-fly restrictions above Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Florida.
The skies over the Disney parks were quietly declared “national defense airspace” in a provision slipped into a Congressional spending bill …

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Net loss: Donovan prepares to call it a career

Posted November 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The man widely considered to be best U.S. soccer player of all time could play his final game this weekend.
Landon Donovan has announced that he’ll retire after this season with the L.A. Galaxy. And that season could end Sunday if the Galaxy doesn’t beat real Salt Lake City in the second leg of their first-round playoff matchup.
Donovan holds scoring and assist records for both …

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Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

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Updated with results: The Nov. 4 ballot measures

Posted October 24, 2014 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Seems like it wasn’t that long ago that we were talking about plans for summer vacation and weekends at the beach.  But now Columbus Day has come and gone; Halloween is a week away; and Election Day is just around the corner.  That means it’s time to take a closer look at some of the issues California voters will be weighing in on next …

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