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Attack spurs call for tougher animal cruelty penalties

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tougher penalties could be imposed on people who act cruelly to animals in California. And the push to do that stems from a disturbing incident that occurred in Orange County just last month.
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill that would add a possible $5000 “restitution” fine for people convicted of animal cruelty. That’s on top of the current $20,000 maximum …

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Tenants can stay put at controversial Hollywood tower

Posted May 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Several dozen tenants of a newly built Hollywood high rise have won a last-minute reprieve.
Today was supposed to be moving day for denizens of the 22-story building on Sunset Boulevard, near Gower Street. It’s the site of the former Old Spaghetti Factory. A judge sided with a neighborhood group earlier this year that developer CIM Group improperly demolished the building – and that the …

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California doctors won’t fight assisted suicide bill

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Medical Association has become the first state medical association in the country to drop opposition to what has been widely known as “physician assisted suicide.”
The medical group made the decision in response to a bill in the state Legislature that would allow doctors to prescribe fatal doses of drugs to some terminally ill patients. The group is now neutral on the bill, …

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New soccer club makes a pitch for Sports Arena site

Posted May 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Football Club won’t field a team until 2018 – but today the fledgling soccer team is announcing plans for a $250 million, 22,000-seat stadium that would replace the L.A. Sports Arena.
The complex would include a conference center, restaurants and a soccer museum, and it would be the country’s most expensive privately funded soccer stadium.
Construction would be financed by the team’s celebrity-heavy …

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Long-term forecast is for more very hot days in L.A.

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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If you think Southern California has a lot of hot days now, just wait.
That’s the upshot of a new report from climate experts at the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
The report, published in the Journal of Climate, says that if nothing is done to control greenhouse gas emissions, the number of extreme heat days – over 95 degrees – could triple or …

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Santa Monica rolls out an unwelcome mat for Airbnb

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Santa Monica City Council has enacted tough restrictions on short-term rentals – cutting off a source of income for homeowners who’ve been using online sites like Airbnb to rent their properties to tourists.
Santa Monica will now ban rentals of entire homes or apartment units for less than 30 days. People can still rent out rooms or so-called “mother-in-law” units, but they’ll have to …

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California sets environmental rules for desal plants

Posted May 7, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Desalination – turning ocean water into drinking water – is getting a lot of attention as California struggles through the fourth year of drought. Desalination plants have the appeal of tapping into a seemingly limitless source of water. But they can take a heavy toll on the environment, killing fish and other marine life as the suck in ocean water. They also spew greenhouse …

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Local water districts are fighting for every drop

Posted May 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scores of water agencies in California are lobbying for last-minute changes to the conservation goals set down by state officials. They’re trying to reduce the severity of the cuts they’re facing before the final numbers are announced later this week.
Local water districts in California are being asked to reduce their water use by anywhere from 8 to 36 percent, depending on their average use …

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California downsizing Delta habitat restoration plan

Posted May 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California officials are dramatically scaling back a habitat restoration plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, with possibly major implications for reworking the state’s water delivery system.
The Delta project now calls for restoring 30,000 acres for wetlands and wildlife habitat – down from 100,000.
The larger restoration was supposed to coincide with the construction of two massive tunnels that would send water to Central Valley …

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Update: Judge won’t allow Hollywood skyscrapers

Posted April 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Updated May 1, 2015:
An L.A. judge has delivered a major victory to community activists – ruling that plans for a pair of Hollywood towers must be scrapped because the city didn’t fully take into account how the development would affect surrounding communities.
The decision is a major victory for community activists, and a blow to developers of the Millennium Hollywood Project. Still, they are …

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Drought blamed for worsening California air quality

Posted April 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Just as Gov. Jerry Brown unveils the state’s most ambitious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a new report finds that Southern Californians continue to breathe the dirtiest air in the country.
That’s not to say there hasn’t been improvement. Anybody who was around during the dark days of the 1970s when brown skies were as common as blue in L.A. can attest to that. …

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Failed cable merger may keep Dodger fans in the dark

Posted April 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Comcast and Time Warner Cable officially called off their planned $45 billion merger this morning in the face of skepticism from U.S. media regulators.
The question now in Southern California is how that decision will affect the long-running impasse over the Dodgers TV channel.
Dodger officials had said that the merger of the cable giants would smooth the way to a solution to the TV mess, …

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Foes targeting transgender rights law, once again

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If at first you don’t succeed…Opponents of a two-year-old law that allows transgender students in California to choose which school bathrooms they use and the gender of the sports teams they join are trying once again to take their fight to voters.
Activists with a group called Privacy for All are collecting signatures for what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act: a proposition proposed …

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L.A. police agencies accused of excessive seizures

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of Pomona has found a controversial way to pad its budget.
Between 2006 and 2013, Pomona reaped more than $14 million from confiscated property – more than the cities of Long Beach, Fresno and Oakland combined.
That’s according to the Drug Policy Alliance, an advocacy group that promotes decriminalizing drugs. The Alliance has a new report that says a handful of L.A. County cities …

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Granada Hills High wins another Academic Decathlon

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Maybe they should just start calling it the San Fernando Valley Academic Decathlon…
Granada Hills Charter High School won the National Academic Decathlon for the fourth time in five years this weekend in Garden Grove – outscoring more than 45 other schools from as far away as Great Britain and China for the title.
The one victory that eluded Granada Hills this decade went to fellow …

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Ay yi iPad: SEC is latest to investigate LAUSD program

Posted April 17, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Providing every student with an iPad was supposed to revolutionize education in L.A. schools and prepare students for the future. Instead the computer tablets are creating a billion-dollar headache for LAUSD leaders.
Just a couple of days ago, LAUSD officials demanded a refund from tech giant Apple because the district says educational software on the devices doesn’t work. The software was provided by the New …

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There’s a new twist in drama over L.A.’s Greek Theatre

Posted April 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long fight between rival concert promoters for control of the Greek Theatre still hasn’t been resolved – and now the city of L.A. might just operate the venerable venue on its own.
The Board of Recreation and Parks has backed a plan for the city to do just that for two years – until the competition between long-time Greek operator Nederlander and upstart Live …

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New LAUSD girls schools to target math, science gaps

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The first two all girls schools in LAUSD history are on schedule to open next fall after getting the unanimous support of the L.A. Board of Education.
In approving the all-girls schools, Board members cited studies showing that test scores for girls in math and science drop off dramatically in middle school and high school. Fewer girls than boys also take advanced math, science and …

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Light rail could be the new Orange (Line) in SF Valley

Posted April 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A rail boom is taking place in L.A, County. But the San Fernando Valley – home to 20 percent of the county’s population – has been left out of the mix.
That could change.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Board of Directors will consider a proposal this week to transform the popular Orange Line busway in the San Fernando Valley into a light rail line.
The Orange Line …

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State doesn’t want to pay for inmate’s gender change

Posted April 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The state of California will appeal an order to provide gender reassignment surgery to a convicted murderer serving a life term.
A judge on the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled earlier this month that denying the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy would violate her constitutional rights. Judge Jon Tigar said Norsworthy suffers from gender dysphoria – or dissatisfaction with her life …

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