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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 | 0 Comments | ]
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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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Traffic fines and court fees seen as a civil rights issue

Posted April 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A bill just introduced in the state Senate would make it easier for some people who have lost their driver’s licenses to get them back.
Senator Bob Hertzberg says California cities and counties have been piling on fees for minor traffic violations to make up for revenue that was lost during the recession. And he says that’s having a devastating effect on many Californians who …

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Water guzzling cities looking at mandatory 35% cuts

Posted April 8, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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What’s the most equitable way to decide how much water California cities must conserve? The state Water Resources Control Board says it’s by looking at the recent water use history of those cities.
Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered a 25 percent reduction in urban water use – but getting to that target won’t mean uniform cuts across the state.
For example, folks in Los Angeles are …

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It’s no day in the park for tailgating Dodgers fans

Posted April 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Dodgers season got off on the right foot as they staged a late comeback to beat the San Diego Padres at Chavez Ravine. But the experience wasn’t so pleasing for some fans who complained of a heavy-handed police presence during traditional Open Day tailgating parties in Elysian Park and extended waiting at the turnstiles.
The club and the LAPD have put extra security measures …

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Brown defends decision to give farmers a water break

Posted April 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown has been taking some heat since he announced California’s first mandatory water restrictions last week. That’s because he let farmers largely off the hook – focusing the cutbacks in urban areas.
Critics say that California’s efforts to conserve water will be ineffective without major contributions from agriculture.
But the governor isn’t suffering the criticism silently. During an interview with the ABC news program …

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20th parole try is a charm for Chowchilla kidnapper

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of three men sentenced to life in prison for one of the most notorious kidnappings in California history is a step closer to freedom.
James Schoenfeld, his brother Richard, and Frederick Woods kidnapped 26 children and their bus driver from Chowchilla back in 1976. The trio planned to ransom the children for $5 million. They forced the captives into a moving van that was …

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Dodgers are flush, but blackout has fans seeing red

Posted April 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the Dodgers prepare to begin their 57th season in Los Angeles, the team is flush with cash and staring down the barrel of an escalating PR nightmare.
For the second straight year, it appears a majority of fans in the region won’t be able to watch Kershaw, Puig, Gonzalez et al. when the games begin because of an ongoing pricing dispute between Time Warner …

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California’s Death Row has just about run out of room

Posted March 30, 2015 by | 7 Comments | ]
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More than 750 inmates in California have been condemned to death.
But no one in this state has been executed in nearly a decade – and with new inmates arriving every month, Death Row has just about run out of space.
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking the Legislature for more than $3 million to open 100 new cells for condemned men at San Quentin Prison. The …

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Bid to loosen concealed weapons law hits a roadblock

Posted March 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A legal ruling with the potential to greatly increase the number of Californians permitted to carry concealed weapons is going to get another review from a federal appeals court.
The 9th Circuit court of Appeals says that 11 justices will consider the case. Last year, a three-judge panel from the court struck down the San Diego Sheriff Department’s concealed permit policy.
The panel ruled 2-1 that …

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L.A. heeds pleas to slow spread of McMansions

Posted March 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The city of L.A. is finally getting serious about McMansions – large houses built on small lots that are out of step with the traditional character of neighborhoods.
The City Council has slapped a temporary ban on the construction of McMansions in 20 upscale neighborhoods while it considers a broader response to the problem.
In five of those neighborhoods, the city also temporarily banned the issuance …

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Downtown L.A. warehouse is hyperloop headquarters

Posted March 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Downtown L.A. is in the loop – the hyperloop, that is.
A nondescript warehouse downtown is the incubator for a fledgling technology that proponents say has the power to whisk travelers between L.A. and San Francisco in about half an hour.
Hyperloop Technologies Inc. has leased the bulk of a 6,500-square-foot warehouse and is ramping up staffing there. That company and others housed in the building …

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Loving L.A.: $$ signs point to return of NFL in 2016

Posted March 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The much-discussed return of professional football to Los Angeles continues to pick up steam. NFL owners are holding their annual meeting this week in Phoenix, and several are saying that the league will probably kick off games here in 2016.
NFL owners are considering three stadium proposals as they meet in the Arizona desert. The one generating the most buzz is a plan by St. …

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Freedom of screech: Measure endorses death for gays

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A Huntington Beach attorney is trying to make a point about the First Amendment, but it seems unlikely that Matt McLaughlin could have found a more offensive way to do it.
Hard to believe, but McLaughlin has proposed a ballot measure that calls for the killing of gays and lesbians. And it appears that he will be allowed to proceed to the signature-gathering stage.
It will …

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Fast food ban isn’t shrinking waist bands in South LA

Posted March 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A novel attempt to improve health in South Los Angeles by banning the opening of new fast-food restaurants isn’t working. In fact, obesity has actually increased in in the area since the ban went into effect, according to a new study by RAND Corp.
The L.A. law was unanimously approved by the City Council seven years ago. It marked the first time a big American …

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Blue Shield facing tax hit after losing ‘exempt’ status

Posted March 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When is a non-profit organization actually a for-profit company?
That line can be blurry, but the California Franchise Tax Board says that Blue Shield has crossed it.
The Board has revoked the tax-exempt status of Blue Shield of California – judging the health insurer to be run more like a for-profit corporation than a non-profit. The move could leave the insurer on the hook for tens …

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Rescuers overwhelmed by number of sick sea lions

Posted March 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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An unprecedented epidemic of stranded sea lion pups is straining the resources of California marine rescue agencies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says at least 1,650 sickly sea lion pups were rescued from California beaches between the start of this year and March 8th. That’s 250 more than were saved during all of 2013, the last time this happened in large numbers.
Scientists say the …

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