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The OJ Simpson trial has been billed as the most publicized criminal trial in American history – the first reality TV show for the courtroom voyeur (“if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”) and Saturday marks 20 years since that acquittal, when Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of his estranged wife and her alleged boyfriend.
Simpson was a Heisman Trophy winner, …
Environment, Issues, News, Water and the Drought »
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 …
Environment, Water and the Drought »
Lake Balboa – in the middle of San Fernando Valley – once featured more than 900 cherry trees, delighting park-goers with their annual pink and white blossoms.
But more than half of those trees have died in the past five years, according to the L.A. Daily News, falling victim to too little rain, warm winters and drainage issues in the Sepulveda Basin. Most of the …
Education, Health Care, Issues, Politics »
If you thought the fight over mandatory vaccines for California school children was over, think again.
Opponents of a new law that eliminates the state’s personal belief exemption for vaccines have submitted signatures for a ballot measure to overturn it.
They needed to turn in 365,000 signatures by midnight last night to get on the November, 2016 ballot. It’s not clear how many signatures were …
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Plans to revitalize the Los Angeles River are getting a boost from the state of California.
Senate leader Kevin de Leon says the state will contribute $25 million to buy part of an old rail yard in Cypress Park that Mayor Eric Garcetti has called a “crown jewel” of the restoration plan. De Leon announced the funding yesterday at an annual Garden Party held by …
economy, Environment »
Toyota just unveiled the new Prius, a third generation of a car that revolutionized the hybrid car market. Chances are you’re next to, or within eyesight of, a Prius at this very moment in the greater Los Angeles area. The Prius is more than a car – it’s become a cultural touchstone.
And for the even bigger enviro-car crowd, Toyota is about to announce a new hydrogen …
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State Air regulators today are expected to restore a climate change program that would require a 10 percent reduction in pollution from gas and diesel fuel emissions over the next five years.
The rule was first adopted years ago, but it’s been on hold amid a lengthy legal challenge by oil industry groups.
Environmentalists and some business groups have hailed the low carbon fuel standard as …
A 5-year-old girl from South Gate is getting international attention after she sneaked through a barricade yesterday and delivered a personal message about immigration to Pope Francis.
Sophie Cruz – an American citizen whose parents are undocumented immigrants – was initially held back by security as the Pope’s motorcade rolled through Washington, D.C. But Francis summoned the girl to the Popemobile, kissing her cheek and …
If you’re in downtown Los Angeles or just driving by, it’s easy to spot the construction of the Wilshire Grand Tower as it rises ever higher into the sky. When it’s done, the Wilshire Grand, at 1,1100 feet high,will be the tallest building in L.A. and the tallest west of the Mississippi.
I recently got an opportunity to visit this skyscraper-in-the-making. A ride inside a cage-like construction …
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Have you been breathing a little easier?
A new study by state air regulators says that risk of getting cancer because of toxic air in California dropped by 76 percent over a span of more than two decades.
The authors of the report say the decrease in pollution is due to stringent regulations on everything from trucks and gasoline vapors to emissions from dry cleaning businesses.
Perhaps the most notable policy pronouncement in the GOP presidential race so far is Donald Trump’s vow to build a new border wall and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
The Republican Party in California, however, is not having it.
In a direct rebuke to Trump – as well as a bid to stay relevant in a state with a Latino majority – the California GOP has …
Arts & Culture, News, Santa Barbara »
One of the acts on Pope Francis’ agenda important act on his agenda while he’s here is to bestow sainthood on Father Junipero Serra, the Spanish priest who founded California’s mission system in the 18th Century.
Orange County’s Mission San Juan Capistrano is a reminder of the time of Juniper Serra. The ten acre site includes manicured gardens, gracious stone arcades, and atmospheric 18th Century chapels (ancient by Southern …
While GOP presidential hopefuls were straightening their red and blue ties getting ready for last night’s debate, about 200 people gathered down the hill from the Ronald Reagan Library to protest what they see as the “anti-immigrant” undertone of the GOP primary race.
“We’re looked at as contaminants to the American society,” said Eric Jimenez, a resident of Rosemead in L.A. County. “We are looked at as people that are …
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We got off easy this time. There are no reports of damage or flooding from a tsunami that rolled into Southern California this morning following a huge, magnitude 8.3 earthquake in Chile.
But the tsunami has affected tides and currents, and officials are asking boaters, swimmers and surfers to stay out of the water for several hours until things calm down.
The tsunami hit San Diego …
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Can local government leaders in the U.S. and China take the lead on fighting climate change?
We could find out over the next couple of days.
Gov. Jerry Brown will be delivering the keynote speech and Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance as officials from the U.S. and China open a two-day climate summit in Los Angeles today.
The goal of the summit is …
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In the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Los Angeles was seen by many as a dangerous place. And newspapers were full of lurid details of bizarre crimes.
For years, the queen of that crime beat was Agness Underwood. “Aggie,” as she was known, covered some of the city’s most sordid murders for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. By 1930, Aggie had worked her …
Environment, News, Water and the Drought »
The largest wildfire of the year in California is now threatening one of the state’s natural treasures.
Flames from the stubborn Rough Fire have reversed course and are now closing in on Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, The now-evacuated grove is named for the towering General Grant tree, which stands more than 260 feet tall and is the second largest tree in the …
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It’s been a hectic and eventful week at the State Capitol.
With lawmakers facing a deadline tomorrow to pass bills in the current legislative session, a slew of important measures have been considered, some making it to the governor, and others getting shot down.
One of the biggest stories to come out of the session is the setback delivered to a key component of Gov. Jerry …
Los Angeles is “The Wage Theft Capital” of the country, according to a 2010 UCLA Labor Center report. The report found that across the city, workers in low-wage jobs are regularly being underpaid or not paid at all. Now, the city is looking to address that issue. When the minimum wage increase passed, the city also took the step of creating it’s own Wage …
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There are certain places in this city that seem to scream “L.A: You Are Here.” Places like the Hollywood sign, the Sunset Strip or the Santa Monica Pier. And then there are the more unexpected landmarks.
The unexpected landmark in question is one Echo Park house which, ironically, became an icon precisely because of how ordinary it looks. It’s a plain white two-story craftsman. No bigger, no smaller …