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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …
If you bank at Banamex USA, you’re going to have to find a new place to do your business.
The L.A. bank has been hit with heavy fines and agreed to shut down because it hasn’t done enough to stop money laundering by drug gangs and other bad actors.
Banamex – which operates primarily around the U.S.-Mexican border – is owned by banking giant Citibank, which …
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It’s a big jump from fighting peer pressure among young friends in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, to fighting fires.
In Jason Ramos’s own words: “I had no plans after high school. College wasn’t an option; my grades sucked. Law enforcement was out since, in my world, ‘cop’ meant ‘narc’.”
Ramos jumped from looking for purpose and a cure for boredom and jumped into taking risks every …
A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …
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When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
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The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study done close to 44 years ago, that examined the psychological effects on students acting as prisoners and guards in a mock prison.
The experiment was funded by the U.S. Navy.
A professor at the Palo Alto campus, Dr. Philip Zimbardo supervised the experiment that involved about two-dozen students.
It was supposed to go one to two weeks, but instead was …
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The owners of a downtown L.A. oil field that shut down two years ago amid complaints that it was making neighbors sick want to start pumping again. It could be an uphill fight, though.
Neighbors had complained for years that noxious emissions from the facility were fouling the air – causing respiratory problems, headaches and nosebleeds. In spite of a long list of violations that …
It’s happened again…For the fourth time in a month, a private drone has interfered with firefighting aircraft in California.
The latest incident took place yesterday during the fight to contain a wildfire burning in Yucaipa, on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.
Cal Fire’s Debbie Chapman says air tankers were grounded for about 10 minutes after a drone was spotted flying over the fire.
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In recent weeks and months, we’ve seen a flurry of coverage from national outlets like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, citing the great weather and the burgeoning gallery scene as reasons why it’s great to be a creative professional in LA.
There’s even the comparison of LA with other, denser cities like New York and San Francisco in how comparatively inexpensive …
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The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is resisting pressure to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Some local African-American activists led by Earl Ofari Hutchinson want the comedian’s star dug up from the 6900 block of Hollywood Boulevard and thrown onto the scrap heap. The activists sent a letter to the Chamber this week after the unsealing of a 2005 deposition in …
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On must summer days, cars filled with tourists make their way up and down Beachwood Drive – looking for that perfect place to stop and snap a picture of the Hollywood sign.
Needless to say, the locals don’t like it very much.
But are the tourists just a nuisance – or an actual safety hazard?
A new lawsuit could help answer that question.
Hollywood Hills homeowners have sued …
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The greater metro LA area has about 16 million people. Ten million of those — more than a quarter of the state’s residents — live in LA County, the most populous county in the country.
And LA County encompasses not just the city of LA (population 4 million, second only to New York), but 87 other independent cities.
That’s a lot of government. And as a …
California is in the midst of an economic recovery – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the paychecks of middle-income workers: Wages are lower than they were four years ago, and buying power for middle earners continues to erode.
When you adjust for inflation, middle class incomes in Californians have fallen more than six percent since 2006 and the start of the recession. …
What in the name of institutional control is going on in Southern California?
Public corruption is nothing new (see City of Bell), but there’s been a spate of recent cases that suggest that rank-and-file public employees are going to new lengths in their efforts to fleece taxpayers.
Exhibit A comes from Orange County, where a federal Grand Jury will be looking into claims that an unnamed …
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The Supreme Court has upheld an Arizona law that allowed that state’s Congressional districts to be draw by an independent commission – instead of the state Legislature.
The 5-4 decision has major implications in California, which has its own independent commission for drawing up Congressional boundaries.
State voters approved a ballot measure four years ago to take that job away from the state Legislature to discourage …
The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments.
Police will give 24 hours’ notice before removing personal items on public streets, down from 72 hours. No notice will be needed for removing bulky items.
City leaders say the new rules are needed, because the latest countywide homeless count found a 12 percent increase in the transient population and an …
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Disneyland is asking for an expansion of the happiest tax break on earth.
Okay, maybe not THE happiest, but still a pretty nifty deal for the Mouse House.
The Walt Disney Company has proposed a $1 billion expansion of the Disneyland Resort, with new rides, attractions and a massive parking structure. But here’s the rub: Disney is all-but demanding a 30-year extension of an existing 30-year …
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Millions of trees have died during California’s four-year drought and millions more are in distress because of a lack of water. And all those dead and dying trees are increasing the state’s fire risk.
Now the state Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has taken the unprecedented step of recommending that landowners be able to cut and remove dead and dying trees of any size …