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Blue breakthrough: Roberts hired as Dodgers’ skipper

Posted November 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

The Los Angeles Dodgers have hired the first minority manager in the baseball club’s 100-year-plus history.
Numerous media organizations are reporting that Dave Roberts – a former player for the team – has accepted the job. A formal announcement is expected today.
Roberts’ father is African American and his mother Japanese. He grew up in Japan and San Diego. His hiring comes almost 70 years after the …

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Los Angeles is America’s chronic homelessness capital

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

How bad is homelessness in the Golden State?
Consider new data from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. It says that more than one third of the country’s chronically homeless people live in California.
L.A. City and County have more long-term homelessness than any region in the state, which is not news to anyone who has seen tent cities mushrooming on sidewalks, under freeway overpasses …

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Case adds some clarity to murky world of fertility law

Posted November 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

In a decision with far-reaching implications in the murky world of fertility law, a San Francisco judge has ruled that a Bay Area woman cannot implant frozen embryos that were preserved before she and her husband divorced.
It’s the first court ruling of its kind in California involving embryos from a couple that split up.
Dr. Mimi Lee – a 46-year-old anesthesiologist and musician – gave …

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Gov. Brown won’t close the door on Syrian refugees

Posted November 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

More than half of the country’s governors now say they would refuse to accept Syrian refugees into their states because of the Paris terror attacks. But California Gov. Jerry Brown is not among them.
In a statement to the Associated Press, Brown said California will work closely with the Obama Administration to ensure that any refugees coming to California are “fully vetted.”
Like many other governors, …

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Push begins to end statute of limitations for rape

Posted November 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A state lawmaker is proposing a major change to rape laws in California.
Connie Leyva, a Democratic State Senator from Chino, says that when the legislature reconvenes in January she’ll introduce a bill to end the 10-year statute of limitations for rape and other sex crimes.
“A sexual predator should not be able to evade legal consequences in California for no other reason than the time …

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Floating a plan for California’s first offshore wind farm

Posted November 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Is California the next frontier for offshore wind energy?
A Seattle company is proposing to build the state’s first ocean wind farm off of Morro Bay on the Central Coast. Trident Energy has filed early paperwork with the city of Morro Bay prior to seeking approval of the project, says the San Jose Mercury News.
Trident wants to build 100 floating turbines, some rising more than …

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Talented Clippers gunning for first NBA championship

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers franchise have high hopes for the season. Photo: Keith Allison/CC

The Los Angeles Clippers are off to a hot start this season.
It’s only been a year since the Clippers were put in an unflattering spotlight because of racially-charged comments made by former owner Donald Sterling and it’s been about six months since the team’s spectacular playoff collapse against the Houston Rockets.
But all that seems far in the past.
Sterling is gone — billionaire Steve Ballmer now owns …

Issues, News, Politics »

Hunger strikes spreading at U.S. immigration lockups

Posted November 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

A growing hunger strike by detained immigrants has reached a holding facility in the high desert city of Adelanto, California.
Immigrant advocates say that hundreds of men – perhaps more than 300 – stopped eating on October 30th to protest conditions at the center. Another group of men reportedly joined the hunger strike this week.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t say if a hunger strike is …

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Lots of green behind this recreational pot measure

Posted November 3, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo: Jennifer Martin/Creative Commons

The push for recreational marijuana in California has taken what backers say is a big step forward.
Yes, the latest initiative to be introduced is one of a dozen dealing with the issue that have been submitted for next fall’s ballot.
But this one could be different.
A couple of wealthy entrepreneurs – including Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker – are reportedly backing this …

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Halloween horror: hundreds of SoCal ravers arrested

Posted November 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

It was a scary weekend for rave-goers, at least those seeking chemical enhancement to round out the experience.
After a spate of overdose deaths, authorities dropped the hammer at a pair of electronic dance events in Southern California.
At the Halloween-themed HARD Day of the Dead Festival at the Pomona Fairplex, nearly 500 people were arrested over two days. Most of the busts were for drug …

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Are the Lakers on the road out of oblivion?

Posted October 30, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Kobe Bryant will retire at the end of this season, his 20th with the Lakers.  Photo: Keith Allison/Wikimedia

The Lakers stumbled in their first game of the season, blowing a lead and losing by a single point to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not a great start, but after the two worst seasons in the history of the storied franchise, there does appear to be a reason for some optimism.
We’re not talking about a championship. In fact, most NBA watchers say it is highly unlikely …

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L.A. City leaders push ahead with gun control agenda

Posted October 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you live in Los Angeles and you own a handgun, you could soon have to lock it up or disable it.
The L.A. City Council is scheduled to vote today on a law that aims to prevent firearms from falling into the hands of children, all too often with devastating consequences. The measure would require handgun owners to store their firearms under lock and key, …

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Bailing on high-speed chases: A safer change of pace?

Posted October 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

There was a highly unusual ending to a televised car chase in L.A. County yesterday…police let the driver get away.
The chase began in Altadena around 5 p.m. and ended almost three hours later in Pasadena. Before police called off the pursuit, the driver had circled through L.A. County freeways, at times going more than 100 miles an hour.
Pasadena Police Lt. Jason Clawson says officers …

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Trojans’ turmoil continues

Posted October 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Happier times in the Los Angeles Coliseum in 2006 when the Trojans went 11-2, winning the Pac-10. Photo: Bobak Ha'Eri/Creative Commons

This was supposed to be the year that USC football returned to national prominence.
One year after tough sanctions that were imposed by college football’s governing body ended, the Trojans opened the season in the Top 10 in the polls, with high hopes of qualifying for college football’s four-team playoff.
But not much has gone right for USC.
Coach Steve Sarkisian was fired after he behaved erratically …

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U.C. planning to admit more students from California

Posted October 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Your kid might have a better of chance of getting into the University of California next year under a plan being drawn up by University President Janet Napolitano.
This comes after a couple of years of U.C. officials taking heat for offering more spots to out-of-state and foreign students
Of the 62,000 new freshman and transfer students admitted to U.C. schools this fall, about 20 percent …

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Music Center keeps its spending out of public view

Posted October 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

An attempt by County Supervisors to get to the bottom of financial problems at the Music Center has run into a brick wall.
The county ordered an audit of spending at the downtown L.A. entertainment complex, but the L.A. Times reports that managers at the Music Center declined to turn over most of their records.
County Auditor-Controller John Naimo says he was able to view less …

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Browns moving on up to historic Sacramento mansion

Posted October 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

It’s out of the loft and into to the mansion for Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown.
California’s first couple have announced that they will leave the modern, downtown Sacramento digs they’ve occupied for the past five years to live in the California Governor’s Mansion. The Browns’ dogs, Sutter and Colusa, will also make the move.
It’ll be the first time in almost …

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Citizens United case tests power of state lawmakers

Posted October 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Occupy the Courts

Should state voters should be able to weigh in on the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision?
That answer to that question lies in a thorny legal issue that the California Supreme Court is taking up today. That is whether state Legislatures have the power to put advisory measures before voters at all.
Proposition 49 would allow voters to say whether they believe Citizens United …

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California closes elephant-sized loophole in ivory law

Posted October 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

California will be doing its small part to protect endangered elephants by tightening restrictions on the sale of ivory here.
A new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown closes a loophole that critics say had made the state’s previous regulations all-but-impossible to enforce.
The old law banned the sale or purchase of ivory that was imported after 1977. But it’s hard to determine how old ivory …

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How does one house use 11.8 million gallons of water?

Posted October 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

It’s time for a little drought shaming, but anonymous drought shaming.
Now it stands to reason that the wealthiest among us would use more water – they have bigger properties, swimming pools and lots of cars to wash.
But a new report by the Web site Reveal, part of the Center for Investigative Reporting, shows that some of the most affluent residents of the state are …

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