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James Cameron’s Malibu land will remain open space

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Oscar-winning director James Cameron has sold a big chunk of his holdings in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains to a conservation group – a move that will create a contiguous stretch of public wild areas from Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Creek State Park.
The price of the 703-acre Puerco Canyon parcel – the largest privately-owned open space in the Santa Monica Mountains – was …

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Wrecking ball claims Beverly Hills retail landmark

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Demolition work has begun on a dilapidated Beverly Hills department store that once represented the height of elegant shopping in L.A. The old Robinson-May building on Wilshire Boulevard is coming down, but it’s not yet known what will be going up in its place. A previous owner had secured city approval to build a large condo complex designed by Getty Center architect Richard …

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Amid strike threat, LAUSD and teachers ready to talk

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What’s a school district chief to do?
Superintendent John Deasy and the LAUSD have presented a contract proposal that would help reverse recent salary cuts by giving their biggest pay hike in a decade. But before negotiators even go back to the table this week, new United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl has given the offer a resounding thumb’s down, calling it a “non-starter.”
Caputo-Pearl …

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Watering wars: Is brown the new green?

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California residents who are trying to save water during the drought can no longer be punished by homeowner associations concerned about the appearance of brown lawns.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that removes the threat of fines for people who choose to let their grass and other greenery die.
The bill was spurred by the case of a Bay Area man who was …

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Is fracking waste tainting Central Valley aquifers?

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California regulators have ordered seven companies to stop injecting wastewater from fracking operations into underground aquifers in Kern County out of concern they could be contaminating drinking water.
The Bakersfield Californian reports the emergency cease and desist orders apply to 11 wells east and northeast of Bakersfield. State oil and gas regulators are also reviewing more than 100 other injection sites in the Central Valley.
Companies …

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Vote to decide if Golden Gate Bridge gets suicide nets

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Bay Area officials will vote today on a $76 million plan to install suicide prevention nets on the Golden Gate Bridge. The agency that operates the bridge has previously rejected the idea of raising the railings to prevent suicides – arguing that it would drastically change the character of the 77-year-old landmark. But the suicides continue to add up. A record 46 people jumped …

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LACMA redesign has museum spanning Wilshire Blvd.

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The L.A. County Museum of Art has unveiled a new design for its proposed $650 million makeover that would have the museum’s main building span Wilshire Boulevard – with traffic passing underneath the structure. The new design by architect Peter Zumthor was created to address concerns that the original plan to extend the museum over the La Brea Tar Pits would cast a shadows …

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LAUSD shifts millions of dollars to close education gap

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The L.A. School Board has signed off on a $6.6 billion budget for the school year that funnels hundreds of million of dollars to the district’s most disadvantaged students. The spending plan calls for a boost in new teacher hires – to up to 12,000 instructors – as well as more librarians, nurses, counselors and tutoring programs. Class sizes will also come down. The …

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Beds for bucks: L.A. mulls major tax breaks for hotels

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The L.A. City Council considers giving nearly $180 million in tax subsidies to two big downtown hotel projects. And that could be just the start. The biggest immediate beneficiary would be the long-delayed Frank Gehry-designed Grand Avenue project, which includes housing retail and restaurants, in addition to a hotel. The development would receive $138 million over the next 25 years, according to the L.A. …

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Commission gets more power to ensure coast access

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Beach access activists have won a big victory. Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law giving the California Coastal Commission the authority to fine property owners who illegally block beach paths to the beach. The commission has never had that authority before. Previously, it had to go to court to have fines imposed on intransigent property owners. The new powers come as a …

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Drought-stricken California keeps getting dryer

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California’s drought is getting worse: The National Weather Service says one-third of the state is now suffering from “exceptional” drought, the highest category of drought conditions. The latest areas to be added to the “exceptional” list are in Central and Northern California. The U.S. Drought Monitor – yes, there is such an office – says no part of the state had “exceptional” drought conditions …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Garcetti works blue as Kings celebrate Stanley Cup

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Thousands of fans poured into downtown Los Angeles for a parade and rally to salute the Stanley Cup champion L.A. Kings. The hockey players drew the biggest cheers, but L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti generated the most buzz when he let an “F-bomb” fly during the celebration. Garcetti’s expletive got a roar from the crowd and some Kings players. But not everyone was thrilled with …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

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A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

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Would $23 cap on L.A. parking tickets be just fine?

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The rising cost of parking tickets is a sore subject for many Angelenos. Now a group of citizens is taking their beef with the city’s parking enforcement policies to City Hall. A group calling itself the Parking Freedom Initiative is scheduled to meet with members of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s staff today to discuss the high cost of tickets in L.A. The cheapest parking …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

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Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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Kings skate to edge of L.A.’s second hockey crown

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The L.A. Kings are on the verge of their second championship in three years after shutting out the New York Rangers 3 to 0. The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to zip. After a pair of overtime nail-biters in L.A., the Kings cruised to victory in Game 3 in New York last nightbehind the stellar goal keeping of Jonathan Quick. The …

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Grocery workers struggling to put food on own table

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One in three grocery workers in California is receiving some type of public assistance, according to a new survey. And 20 percent say they are rationing food to avoid having to go hungry. The study was done by University of California researchers and funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council labor union. It says average wages for the state’s unionized …

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Does Neel Kashkari have a shot to upset Gov. Brown?

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Neel Kashkari isn’t taking much time to savor his victory. The moderate Republican beat Tea Party Assemblyman Tim Donnelly in this week’s gubernatorial primary. Now Kashkari is setting his sights on the general election this fall. But he starts out as a huge underdog in his bid to unseat Gov. Jerry Brown.
Yesterday Kashkari called for unity in the Republican Party. And he tried to …

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Races head to run-offs after scant turnout in primary

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Turnout was expected to be low for yesterday’s election – but the actual numbers may be even more dismal than anticipated. Preliminary results for the L.A. County Registrar-Recorder show that barely 13 percent of us took the time to vote: 13.19 percent, to be exact.  About 4.8 million county residents are registered, but just 636,000 people cast ballots in the primary. More than a …

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