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Are Californians beginning to sour on President Obama?

Posted September 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to a record low in California.
The Golden State has been a consistent source of support for Obama ever since he first ran for the first White House. But a new Field Poll finds that only 45 percent of voters in the state hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance right now. That’s a five percent drop …

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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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Half-built Target project could face the wrecking ball

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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A half-built Target store and shopping center going up in Hollywood will be staying in its current, unfinished state for the foreseeable future.
L.A. officials have reluctantly ordered Target to halt work on the project at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The order follows a court ruling that found that city officials improperly approved the project. The issue is height: Community groups sued …

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Napa quake gives warning system an early test

Posted August 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The temblor that rocked California’s wine country this weekend gave researchers at U.C. Berkeley a chance to gauge the effectiveness of an experimental earthquake alert system. They say it worked.
Ten seconds before Napa and surrounding areas began to shake, an alarm started squawking inside a Berkeley lab.
The system is not yet available to the public. State officials say it should be ready in the …

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Cracking back at a cocaine sentencing disparity

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a law that would reduce sentences for crack cocaine to the same levels as powder cocaine.
The law addresses concerns that unbalanced cocaine sentencing laws punish low-income communities and minorities. It comes four years after President Barack Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act, which eliminated 100-1 disparities in sentences for crack and powdered cocaine convictions.
Crack cocaine is considerably cheaper than …

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Lobbyists trying to sack statewide plastic bag ban

Posted August 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Plastic bag manufacturers are making a last-ditch effort to block a proposed law that would ban single-use plastic bags statewide.
The bill passed an Assembly Committee last week and appeared to be headed for passage. But opponents have managed to delay a key vote, which could set up a renewed battle over the proposed ban.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the bag industry has spent …

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U.C’s out-of-state outreach is good for bottom line

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A record number of out-of-state students have been admitted to the U.C. system this fall. That doesn’t sit well with some Californians, but it’s awfully good for the university purse.
The University of California reportedly stands to reap an estimated $400 million in extra cash revenue this year from out-of-state students. More than a fifth of incoming U.C. freshman are from other states or countries. …

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Stock’s in the tank, so SeaWorld promises bigger pools

Posted August 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Faced with declining attendance and a plunging stock price, SeaWorld announced today that it will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks. SeaWorld also says it will contribute &10 million to fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.
SeaWorld plans to build a 10-million-gallon tank at its park in San …

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Echoes of Ferguson, Missouri in the death of Ezell Ford

Posted August 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It hasn’t garnered the same attention as the death of Michael Brown, but there are echoes of the Ferguson, Missouri, case in the death of another unarmed black man right here in L.A.
Ezell Ford was shot to death Monday evening in the Florence area in a confrontation with two LAPD gang officers who tried to question him in what they call an investigative stop.
Some …

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Water wrangling goes down to the wire in Sacramento

Posted August 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown says he and Legislative leaders are making progress on a plan to replace an $11 billion water bond on the state ballot with a less expensive version.
But time is running short. A deal will have to be struck by the end of the day or the current bond goes before voters in November.Brown and Democrats are pushing a $7.2 billion plan …

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Lawmakers flip ‘kill switch’ to fight cell phone theft

Posted August 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Taking the profit motive out of smartphone theft is the motivation behind a bill that’s passed both houses of the state Legislature and is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The so-called “kill-switch” law would force phone companies to include a feature allowing people to permanently shut down their phones if they are stolen or lost. Consumer activists say the “kill switch” would protect …

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Ire’s up in Manhattan Beach in debate over sharks

Posted August 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Manhattan Beach officials are getting ready to revisit some controversial restrictions on fishing off that city’s pier. They’re concerned that anglers are drawing great white sharks to the area.
A month ago a shark caught on a fisherman’s line bit a surfer. That prompted the City Council to temporarily ban fishing from the pier and sparked a heated debate between pro and anti-fishing camps.
California Fish …

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Climate crusader Steyer tops political donor list

Posted August 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Among political donors, it appears Bay Area billionaire Tom Steyer has the deepest pockets of them all.
OpenSecrets.org says Steyer and his wife Kathryn gave $20.4 million to political causes in the 2013-2014 election cycle. That’s more than double the total of the No. 2 person on the list, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – also a member of the billionaire’s club.
It could just …

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Shippers get paid to slow down for California whales

Posted August 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Wildlife advocates and air-quality regulators have come up with a plan they hope will help solve two environmental problems at once: They’re going to pay shipping companies to slow down cargo vessels through the Santa Barbara Channel to avoid collisions with blue whales and reduce smog.
The shippers will be paid $2,500 for each trip completed at 12 knots or fewer between Point Concepcion and …

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Bill aims to take the profit out of mugshot websites

Posted August 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Perhaps you’ve seen those websites that specialize in mugshots…They’re usually good for a laugh, unless your face happens to be a part of the rogue’s gallery. But state lawmakers are not amused: A bill that would require websites to remove booking photos – for free – has passed both houses of the state Legislature.
State Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo authored the bill. He …

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A push to reintroduce grizzlies in California

Posted August 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California has a grizzly bear on its flag, but it hasn’t had any grizzly bears in its forests, meadows or mountains for 90 years.
It’s possible that could change, however.
The L.A. Times reports federal wildlife officials are weighing an environmental group’s request to set aside 110,000 square miles of land for grizzlies in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. The Center for Biological Diversity …

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Movie studios. Kodak team up to save film, for now

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We live in a digital world, and Hollywood is no exception. But that doesn’t mean film is obsolete just yet, at least not in the hearts of some filmmakers.
In order to secure a steady supply of actual film, a coalition of major Hollywood studios has agreed to buy up to 450 million feet of the stuff a year from Eastman Kodak. The Wall Street Journal …

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Kashkari goes homeless for knowledge and votes

Posted July 31, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Screengrab: California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari spent a week trying to learn what it's like to be homeless.

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor, has been taking a low profile of late… really low!
In an editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal, Kashkari says he just finished spending a week living as a homeless person to better understand the struggles facing many Californians despite improvement in the state economy.
Kashkari is a multimillionaire who lives in Laguna Beach. But he says he took …

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Vin Scully to return, now if we could just hear him…

Posted July 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Dodgers Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully says he’ll return next year for a record 66th season calling the games.
A trio of Dodgers players made the announcement in three languages in a video played on the big screen during the second inning of last night’s game. Fans erupted in cheers and gave Scully a long standing ovation.
Scully, who’s 85, began doing Dodgers broadcasts in …

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Lawmakers ask FCC to help end Dodger TV impasse

Posted July 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some local lawmakers want the Federal Communications Commission to jump into the Dodgers TV mess.
Eight Congressional representatives from the L.A. area have signed a letter asking the FCC to mediate a dispute between Time Warner Cable and most of the region’s other major television providers.
Time Warner, which is paying the Dodgers $7 billion for exclusive TV rights, has been unable to make deals with …

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