Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest appointment to the California Supreme Court has no judicial experience. But 38-year-old Leondra Kruger comes to the job with an impressive resume.
As a government attorney, Kruger has been an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General and acting deputy solicitor general in the U.S. Justice Department. She’s argued a dozen cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for her …
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The governing body of the University of California voted this week to go ahead with a plan to raise tuition for five straight years.
As expected, UC President Janet Napolitano and a majority of the Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by five percent each year. Board members who voted for it say current funding levels are insufficient to maintain the quality of a UC education.
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If California has a capital of Obamacare enrollment, you’ll find it at a Los Angeles mall next to a Sears, on the second floor of 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
This is the office of Crenshaw Health Partners, in the heart of the Crenshaw district. As the second open enrollment period under Obamacare gets underway, you’ll be seeing pictures of people signing up for …
California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …
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A decimated giant kelp forest in Southern California is making a comeback after volunteers removed almost two million sea urchins that devour the plants.
The Bay Foundation reports that the first year of the program has restored about 12.5 acres of kelp forests along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The new forests have attracted all kinds of sea creatures – including Garibaldi, bass, spiny lobster, and …
California is a step closer to allowing just about anyone who can legally own a gun to carry a concealed weapon. That’s because a federal judge has refused to allow State Attorney General Kamela Harris and anti-gun activists to challenge a court ruling from earlier this year that affirmed that right.
The concealed weapon case comes from San Diego – but it will have implications …
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Vacationing in Los Angeles can be pricey. Hotel rooms can cost hundreds of dollars, and living conditions at hostels — long the dominion of young backpackers– don’t appeal to all travelers.
Airbnb seems to offer a solution. The social networking site, which connects vacationers with short-term rentals, has exploded in popularity. There are 14,000 listings currently available in LA, up from 4,000 just two years ago.
But current laws governing the hospitality business are …
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As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all of America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.
Members of the military receive rigorous training from a very selective …
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The only thing that’s been flying above Disneyland for the past decade is Tinkerbell.
But the L.A. Times reports that the Federal Aviation Administration now plans to take a fresh look at the need for no-fly restrictions above Disney theme parks in Anaheim and Florida.
The skies over the Disney parks were quietly declared “national defense airspace” in a provision slipped into a Congressional spending bill …
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I’m sure you’re well aware of the good day that Republicans had in the midterm elections that took place this week.
The GOP won control of the United States Senate, took more governorships than had been expected and, well, had a really good election day.
But that wave may have diminished to a tiny ripple when it hit the California state line Tuesday night. Democrats once again won every statewide race …
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …
Exercising is tough. Voting is (relatively) easy. So why don’t Americans work that out?
Judging by meager turnout, Americans aren’t the most engaged people when it comes to voting… especially in off-year elections.
For last year’s mayoral election in Los Angeles, only about 23 percent of voters turned out at the polls.
Americans over 18-years old and registered to vote, and who haven’t had that right taken away, have …
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy announced his resignation Thursday, following criticism of his plan to put iPads in schools, and a class scheduling problem that placed kids in classrooms with no educational value. Ray Cortines, the district’s former superintendent will take the job on an interim basis.
In a statement, the school board thanked Deasy for his service. “In that period of time, academic achievement rose substantially despite severe economic hardships, and the …
It’s the big one. The big rehearsal, that is. More than 10 million Golden Staters were expected to take part in today’s Great California Shakeout – a massive earthquake preparedness drill.
The exercise comes as Cal Tech seismologist and L.A. quake tsar Lucy Jones warns that a high-magnitude temblor in the L.A. area could cause not only loss of life, but potential economic collapse, water …
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A controversial plan by the city of Seal Beach to trap and kill coyotes has netted three of the animals in its first week.
Despite impassioned protests from animal rights activists, the City Council agreed last night to continue the program for three more weeks.
The program was adopted after residents claimed that coyotes were killing their pets and becoming increasingly bold.
The Orange County Register reports …
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President Obama exited Los Angeles just as he came in: making money for Democrats, and migraines for West LA drivers.
In his 24 hours here, the president toured a business in Santa Monica, speaking about an economic recovery for millennials, designated as national monument 340,000 acres of San Gabriel Mountains land and attended two separate fundraisers.
One of which was at actress Gwyneth Paltrow’s home.
Obama has attended 30 fundraisers in Los …
Football season is well underway, but for the 20th straight year, professional gridiron is off the grid in L.A. On again, off again talks to bring team to L.A. have led to nothing – frustrating fans, city officials and billionaire business leaders who want to build a stadium to host an L.A. team.
But Mayor Eric Garcetti remains optimistic. The mayor told KNX radio yesterday …
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U2 guitarist The Edge – a.k.a. David Evans – doesn’t give up easily.
After years of rejection from the community and state officials, the Irish rocker is now on the verge of receiving approval to build five mansions on an undeveloped Malibu ridge.
The California Coastal Commission is meeting in Newport Beach today, and it’s scheduled to vote on a scaled down version of the plan …
How much are you paying for rent right now?
Well, a new study says that if you’re a typical Southern California renter – you can expect to add about 8 to 10 percent to that monthly payment in two years.
USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate projects that the average rent in L.A. County will be $1,856 by mid-2016, an 8.2 percent increase. In Orange County, …
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …